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UKRPA Energy Theft Position Statement
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
UKRPA Newsletter Edition 14
This edition includes articles about understanding the Health & Safety risks, Project DIET, Operation Duxford and more.
Let us know what you think of the new design, and feedback on the content we produce is always welcome.
You can download Issue 14 here.
UKRPA Newsletter Edition 13
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.
Let us know what you think of the new design.
You can download Issue 13 here.
Revenue Protection on BBC's The One Show - 16th May 2016
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.
New Member: ABM Utility Solutions
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".
UKRPA Members: Outsourced Services
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.
Western Power Distribution
SSE Metering Limited Revenue Services
Electricity North West
ABM Utility Solutions
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.
UKRPA Newsletter Edition 12
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.
Response to BBC Article on Merseyside Prosecution Rates
The UKRPA has published its response to the recent BBC News article on the high level of prosecutions for electricity theft in the Merseyside area.
Please download the press release here.
Book Your UKRPA Conference Place Now
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