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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.,">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.,">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.

Download here.

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.

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!


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