Utility theft is the illegal practice of manipulating or bypassing natural gas, electric, and/or water meters to avoid paying for some or all of the service used. UTILITY THEFT IS DANGEROUS AND IT'S AGAINST THE LAW! It also increases operating costs for the City's Energy and Water Resources Departments and those increased costs, like all operating costs, find their way back to legitimate customers.
What are the dangers associated with utility theft?
Utility theft can result in fire, property damage and hazardous conditions that can cause personal injury. Attempting to bypass or tamper with electric, gas, or water meters can affect innocent members of the community as it may result in serious injury or death from fire, explosion, electrocution, and even jeopardize the safety of the City's water supply. Even if the danger does not occur at the time of the theft, the meter is often left in an unsafe condition that is potentially dangerous. Individuals caught stealing energy are subject to immediate disconnection of service, civil collection proceedings and the possibility of criminal prosecution that may result in a fine, imprisonment or both.