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Old 05-12-2011, 06:44 AM   #1
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I don't understand how people are getting away with stealing electricity? Can someone tell me exactly how they are doing it without being electrocuted?

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Wait til you neighbor goes to work (or to bed). Run an extension cord to his house and plug into his outside receptacle. Make sure it is GFCI.

Seriously no one is going to abet a crime (or not many of us).

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im actually wondering how they are bypassing the meter and how its done. just curious
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Old 05-12-2011, 07:22 AM   #4
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im actually wondering how they are bypassing the meter and how its done. just curious
You wouldn't really want us to tell you how to break the law, would you?

let's just say; it can be done and if a person screws up while doing it; they can get electrocuted. When they get caught, they can go to jail.
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They are not being safe and connecting to the conductor before the meter. I've seen pictures of holes in basement walls to tap the underground feeder, taps on the weatherhead for above ground services, meters that have been removed and bypassed in various ways.
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Install solar panels and "steal" all you want to from the sun. It won't mind one bit!

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My guess is some kind of vampire tap type connectors. I would NOT do it. Maybe someone is familiar with the charges that can be laid. I know it's high up there.

You can theoricly touch a hot cable one at a time without getting shocked, but it's a huge risk. You have nearly unlimited amps available to you. you only need 1 to kill you.

Edit: I just realized the pun in "charges being laid".

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Its relatively easy until the electric company finds out and charges you a buttload of money and then begins putting locks on your meter box.

I highly advice just finding a way to get your electricity on in a legit matter. They may give a VERY firm warning the first time, but you do it 2 or 3 times and your going to be looking at heavy duty trouble.
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Here is how to do it legally. You will need a kite, an antique door key, some wire and and a thunderstorm.
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Years ago I managed a mobile home park with many rental units. Each had their own electric meter via the park rand the park billed the tenant directly. In the case of non payment we would disconnect service via a locked box. One one occasion I saw that a disconnected unit/tenant had lights on and stereo playing. They had made a double male extension cord and plugged into a common area light socket to an outlet in their unit.
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I hate to touch this topic because it borders on inquiring about how to do something illegal, but what I want to say is that if you're asking how it is done safely, my response is that it isn't done safely.

Last year there was a round of house fires in Detroit. Electricity theft is often something that leads to house fires and sometimes deaths or injuries to the person attempting the hookup, although when I searched for stories the more prevalent theme seemed to be death of copper thieves.

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2010/03/03...hildren-kills/
http://www.dipnoid.com/2009/06/man-e...ower-meth-lab/
http://www.detroityes.com/mb/showthr...ire-and-police

60,000 illegal electrical hookups in Detroit.
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Its relatively easy until the electric company finds out and charges you a buttload of money and then begins putting locks on your meter box.

I highly advice just finding a way to get your electricity on in a legit matter. They may give a VERY firm warning the first time, but you do it 2 or 3 times and your going to be looking at heavy duty trouble.
POCO aside, stealing electric can result in criminal charges of theft.
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You really gotta give the guy an A for effort in Willk's second link. Say no to drugs kids.
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This is what can happen when you steal electricity.

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Thanks waterman. Sometime's it takes the gory to get people to realize certain things.

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