How can I tell if my neighbour is stealing my electricity?
Keep an eye on your bills. If you notice that your usage starts to increase without any other explanation, there’s a chance that someone is stealing your electricity.
However, it’s important to first rule out other reasons for a high energy bill.
If energy theft is indeed to blame, there’ll often be other signs. These may include:
- Changes to your wiring. Take a look at the wire that runs between your meter and your house (don’t touch it!). If you notice anything odd, there’s a chance that someone’s tampered with it. Also be on the look-out for any wires connecting your home to your neighbour’s.
- Your meter acting strangely. If your meter keeps running even after you switch off your circuit breakers, it’s an indication that something is taking power from between the electric panel and the meter itself.