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The UKRPA National Conference is returning on 29th - 30th June 2016 at Woodside Conference Centre, Kenilworth.

In 2014, the Conference attracted a capacity audience from across the utilities industry.

Early booking is strongly advised! Download your booking form.

Topics at this year’s event will include:

Smart metering and the impacts on data security

How are smart meters designed to help prevent meter tampering?

TRAS – the first three months, and the forward looking plan

Criminal trends and behaviour

International case studies

The benefits of private prosecutions

 

The UKRPA newsletter was published in January 2016. Download the latest version here.

Proposed amendments to the UKRPA's Constitution were approved at a General meeting held Friday, 22nd January. The approved Constitution is now live and can be downloaded here.

The Sentencing Council has published a revised guideline for judges and magistrates on the sentencing of theft offences. The guideline, which has been issued following a public consultation, will come into effect on 1st February 2016.

For the first time, the guideline now includes specific advice for judges and magistrates passing sentence for illegal abstraction of electricity. Energy Theft affects all energy consumers’ bills – in that sense we are all victims of the crimes that take place.  The UKRPA was pleased to participate within the consultation process, and welcome the publication. The inclusion of specific guidelines for electricity theft is a positive move, and reflects the serious impact that it can have on both livelihoods and communities.

However, the UKRPA is disappointed that theft of gas does not receive the same attention despite also being a crime under Section 1 of the Theft Act 1968. The impacts of the theft of gas can be devastating; an explosion caused by tampering with the gas supply can cause damage to entire streets and poses a serious threat to life and property.

In the coming months, as a central part of its published strategy, the UKRPA will be examining steps that will improve successful prosecutions, including how best to work with the Police, Crown Prosecution Service, and the Sentencing Council.

We look forward to working with the Sentencing Council, Judges and Magistrates, to ensure that, sentences when passed, reflect the seriousness of the individual crimes being committed.

Download the full press release here.

Don't Miss Out! The next UKRPA Seminar will be held on 5th November 2015 in London.

Our "How to meet your Revenue Protection Obligations" seminar will explore how our members fulfil their Revenue Protection obligations, avoiding the sanctions that can be faced when legislation is breached.

Our expert speakers will explain how a model Revenue Protection policy is drafted, and will take a look at the challenges faced in the course of a typical Revenue Protection investigation.

What's more, with the implementation of the Theft Risk Assessment Service - TRAS - just around the corner, we will take an in depth look at some of the expectations of how the industry will engage with TRAS, and the benefits that it will derive.

To view the full agenda for the day, please click here.

To book a place, download this booking form and send by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. UKRPA members will receive one complimentary place, additional member places are £200, with non-member places available at £300.

Places are limited at this one-off seminar, so be sure to book early!

In Issue 10 of the Newsletter, we heard about the energy theft campaign being carried out in north-east England, led by Crimestoppers in conjunction with British Gas.

The campaign has now concluded, and the UKRPA has commenced its analysis of the findings. Take a look at the following document to hear about how the campaign increased public awareness of energy theft, including:

* Reaching over 140,000 social media users

Generating almost 100 intelligence reports to Crimestoppers alone

Led to the recovery of over £22k of stolen energy for just one supplier

View the complete article here.

The UKRPA newsletter has now been published. Click below to access the latest issue.

UKRPA Newsletter Issue 10

Save the date! The next UKRPA Seminar will be held on 5th November 2015 in London.

Our "How to meet your Revenue Protection Obligations" seminar will explore how our members fulfil their Revenue Protection obligations, avoiding the sanctions that can be faced when legislation is breached.

Our expert speakers will explain how a model Revenue Protection policy is drafted, and will take a look at the challenges faced in the course of a typical Revenue Protection investigation.

What's more, with the implementation of the Theft Risk Assessment Service - TRAS - just around the corner, we will take an in depth look at some of the expectations of how the industry will engage with TRAS, and the benefits that it will derive.

To register your interest in the Seminar, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. UKRPA members will receive one complimentary place, additional member places are £200, with non-member places available at £300.

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27th May 2015

Ofgem has released a statement on the installation of prepayment meters under warrant:

"Installing prepayment meters under warrant should be used as a last resort by energy suppliers when consumers get into debt. It is a way to prevent a customer from being disconnected. Suppliers can only install a prepayment meter where it is safe and practical for the consumer to use".

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