Energy theft is tampering with a meter or its connections. This means the meter doesn’t accurately record how much gas or electricity is being used.

Stealing energy is a crime and it’s dangerous. Keep yourself and others safe by reporting any concerns you have.

Energy theft can be fatal

Tampering with an electricity meter could lead to a short circuit, wiring overheating or even a fire. Wiring that seems safe can become ‘live’, so there’s a chance of a fatal electric shock.

Tampering with a gas meter could cause a gas leak. As well as headaches and possible loss of consciousness from the fumes, it only takes a spark to cause an explosion.

Tampering with a meter is a crime

Tampering with gas or electricity meters isn’t just dangerous – it’s also illegal. Energy theft can lead to a fine or a prison sentence.

If you suspect energy theft, report it

If you suspect any gas or electricity meter has been tampered with report it immediately. You can email us at

If you'd rather not give us your details, visit the Crimestoppers supported stayenergysafe website or call them on 0800 023 2777.

If you suspect a gas leak, leave the property and call 0800 111 999 immediately.