Electricity theft

Electricity theft

Electricity theft increases costs for customers. Interfering with electricity meters or wires is also a serious risk to safety.

To promote a safer, fairer market for consumers, we have created rules for energy companies that require them to play an active role in detecting, investigating and preventing the theft of electricity. These rules form part of the electricity supply licence. We also work to ensure that the arrangements to tackle theft of electricity act in the best interests of consumers.

Our rules for the electricity industry include a requirement for electricity suppliers to set up a cross industry theft risk assessment service to help them to better target investigations.

We have also supported the industry's development of a new code of practice to establish minimum standards for theft investigations. 

How to report electricity theft

If you’re concerned about electricity theft or want to know more on how you are protected from electricity theft, you can:

  1. Contact your energy supplier. You can find their details on your energy bill, or if you don’t have this to hand see: Find out who your gas or electricity supplier is (opens another website) 
  2. Contact the UK Revenue Protection Association (UKRPA):
  1. Report the theft anonymously using the stayenergysafe website.

Further support and advice

If you need advice or help and support on an energy matter, you can also contact the Citizens Advice Service:

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