Power Theft Impacts Costs to GEC Members
A small number of people in our community will risk the lives and safety of themselves, their families, neighbors and GEC employees to avoid paying their electric bills. Their reckless behavior will also cause your rates to rise. These members of our community engage in Power Theft or Current Diversion.
When power thieves bypass or tamper with their meters they risk shock, electrocution, fire, or explosion. The dangers spread when GEC employees attempt to do their job and members of the community are near a service that has been tampered with. Entire homes are burnt and people terribly injured as a result of power diversion.
Power theft also impacts all GEC members by raising rates. When someone steals electricity, they are stealing from all the GEC member owners.
If you suspect someone is stealing power GEC strongly encourages you to report them to your local GEC office or law enforcement officials. Reports can be made anonymously. For your safety, GEC highly recommends you do not confront a suspected power thief yourself.