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Theft of electricity and gas in the UK is a growing problem that inherently has the potential of putting people’s lives at risk as well as supporting consequential criminal activities such as the production of illegal drugs.

Each Year, a proportion of residential and commercial energy consumers attempt to gain electricity and gas without paying for their use - costs that are ultimately born by all honest paying customers. Critically, this evasive activity often results in crude, home-made and makeshift meter by-passes that often risks the lives of the culprits, their cohabitants, neighbours and property.

Energy theft is a significant concern.  The UKRPA in 2015 established that the estimated value of energy theft across Great Britain could be as much as £440 million each year, potentially adding £20 per annum to the estimated cost of a dual fuel energy customer. 

This is why UKRPA members are wholly committed to seeking out and dealing with energy theft.

The UKRPA was formed in the late 1990’s to help tackle these concerns.  It now has 20 member organisations who regularly share best practice in the detection, investigation and prosecution of those that steal energy.   Our members are well trained and manage all incidents with the utmost focus on ‘safety first’ principles, whilst having proper regard to their legal obligations and responsibilities towards those households that are considered vulnerable.

The UKRPA believes that energy theft is an abhorrent practice which must be rooted out.  However, this requires a coordinated effort by all the organisations involved, i.e. not just energy companies, but also other agencies such as the police, fire, local authorities, Environmental Health, landlords, and the Crown Prosecution Service. Ultimately, we also need public support to help us with the detection of energy theft as and when it occurs and to immediately report any such incidents they come across. 

The UKRPA also works closely with Ofgem (energy sector regulator), liaises with agencies such as Environmental Health, and engages with the Home Office (with respect to cannabis production), as well as consulting the Crown Prosecution Service to strengthen the custodial deterrent factor.

Among the services provided by the UKRPA is an online and telephone fraud reporting service for use by the public. Any member of the public that is concerned about electricity theft can either:

1.     Contact their energy supplier. Details can be found on energy bills; or

2.     Report the theft anonymously using the Stayenergysafe website (managed by Crimestoppers); or

3.     Contact the UK Revenue Protection Association (UKRPA):

        o    Call: 0207 090 1070, or

        o    Complete the UKRPA online fraud report form.

The UKRPA have published their position with regards to Energy Theft. You can access this by clicking the following link; Position Statement 

This edition includes articles about understanding the Health & Safety risks, Project DIET, Operation Duxford and more.

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This edition of the UKRPA newsletter has had a complete revamp!

This edition includes articles about the UKRPA conference, the British Gas (BGT) Conference “Insight to tackling energy theft”, Project Gulf and more.

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The UKRPA has published an information sheet, for reference by UKRPA members, interested parties, and the media.

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Information Sheet

For more information, please contact the UKRPA Secretary

Tonight, the British Gas Revenue Protection team will be featuring as the headline story on the BBC One Show by giving an insight on energy theft which costs our industry more than £400 Million every year. 

The One Show film crew joined the UKRPA Member in Liverpool, where Revenue Protection Officers spent two days getting a first-hand glimpse of what happens when criminals are found stealing gas and abstracting electricity through rogue supplies installed at street level. 

Mark Andrews, the British Gas head of the RPU, will talk about the cost to honest customers and how UKRPA Members are doing everything they can to stay one step ahead of the perpetrators.

You'll be able to catch the programme on BBC iPlayer after Monday's broadcast.

The UKRPA is delighted to welcome its eighteenth member organisation.

ABM Utility Solutions joins the growing numbers of companies signed up to the UKRPA, demonstrating their commitment to detecting, investigating and preventing the illegal abstraction of electricity and gas.

Company Director Martin Mackie said: "With our vast experience in investigating energy theft, combined with our ongoing present day knowledge of customers behaviour and the constant changing techniques used to not only steal energy but avoid detection, we aim to further support and add value to the UKRPA’s work in delivering change whilst addressing the various industry challenges".

For more information regarding UKRPA membership, please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Some Distribution Businesses are withdrawing their commercial revenue protection services, meaning that those requiring such services may struggle to find alternative providers. In an effort to help such organisations find alternative provisions, the UKRPA has listed below the names and contact details of the UKRPA members that are able to offer revenue protection services on a commercial basis.  

British Gas

Nationwide revenue protection investigation services for theft of gas and abstraction of electricity cases on residential and commercial portfolios. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Hydron

Nationwide investigation services, including resolving perceived irregularities. Further associated activities including of policies, provision of relevant paperwork, identification of vulnerable customers and evidence gathering. Contact 01827 318 339 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Scottish Power

Fully managed end-to-end revenue protection activities for abstraction of electricity in MPAN areas 13 (Merseyside/Northern Wales) and 18 (Southern Scotland). Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone: 08000 741976.

Western Power Distribution

Full revenue protection service for abstraction of electricity in the following MPAN areas: 10 (Eastern England); 12 (London); 17 (Northern Scotland); 19 (South Eastern England); 20 (Southern England). Contact 0845 603 1144 and ask to speak to Richard Brant or Heath Watts-Robinson or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

SSE Metering Limited Revenue Services

Nationwide electricity revenue protection service, including electricity supply theft services, distribution theft (theft in conveyance) services, and warrant enforcement services. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 07767 852 811.

Electricity North West

Full revenue protection service for electricity suppliers in the MPAN area 16 (North Western England). Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 0800 0015 269, or for theft in conveyance This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 0800 0483 599. Alternatively visit http://www.enwl.co.uk/contact/report-fraud.

ABM Utility Solutions

Nationwide domestic and commerical revenue protection service; please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 0116 232 5132.

 

 

Please note that, there may be other organisations that are not UKRPA members and who may also be in a position to offer revenue protection services.

 

A new bumper edition of the UKRPA Newsletter has now been published.

With information about the new UKRPA Strategy, and more on the UKRPA Conference, the newsletter is a great read.

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