Duo put energy theft under the spotlight

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Crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers and energy company E.ON have joined forces to raise awareness of energy related offences.

Activity carried out by the charity and energy firm sought to raise the profile of incidents such as energy theft and meter tampering, and both Crimestoppers and E.ON reached out to colleagues, customers and the general public to educate them on the dangers and consequences of these offences.

As a result, an average of 109 pieces of information per month in 2014 have been passed to the charity from the public, relating to gas and/or electric meter tampering.

While this may not be perceived as a serious offence by some, the consequences can be devastating if the tampered meter were to malfunction and cause a fire or an explosion.

Rodger Holden, Director of Development for Crimestoppers, said: “The continuation of this partnership between Crimestoppers and E.ON is paramount to raising awareness of energy related crime and for appealing to the public to help catch those responsible. Our anonymous system for reporting crime is unique, and businesses affected by crime recognise that working with us can achieve results. “

If you have any information on energy related offences please contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through the anonymous online form at Crimestoppers-org.uk.