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April 9, 2012 at 7:11 PM

Electricity theft dangerous, costly, says Seattle City Light

Seattle City Light and the Seattle Fire Department have produced a public service video warning of the dangers of tampering with electric meters.

City Light estimates that it loses an estimated $3 million a year from stolen power. Those losses are passed on to other rate payers, said Scott Thomsen, spokesman for City Light.

The Fire Department says meter tampering can also start fires, endangering both the person trying to steal electricity and neighbors.

Power theft is a crime. It can also result in civil penalties up to $500 as well as charges for damaged equipment and the costs of repairing wiring, Thomsen said.

The video will be aired on the Seattle Channel and can be viewed here. The video also includes a phone number for reporting suspected electricity theft 206-684-4259.

 

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