Crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers and partner E.ON have reaffirmed their commitment to raising awareness of energy-related offences after a wave of information was received from the public following recent efforts by the two organisations.
Activity carried out by the charity and energy firm sought to raise the profile of incidents such as energy theft and meter tampering. Both Crimestoppers and E.ON reached out to colleagues, customers and the general public to educate them on the dangers and consequences of these offences.
A ‘Spot The Signs’ leaflet (see graphic, below) was produced to give staff and customers an idea of what they should look out for when checking whether their meter had been tampered with, ensuring they’re receiving their energy safely and without risking some serious consequences.
As a result, in 2014 an average of 109 pieces of information per month have been passed to the charity from the public in relation to gas and/or electric meter tampering. While this may not be perceived as a serious offence by some, the consequences can be devastating if the tampered meter were to malfunction and cause a fire or an explosion.
Agreement extended for a further 12 months
Following the positive response of this recent work and the information passed to the charity, Crimestoppers and E.ON (who began working together in 2009) have extended their agreement for another year to continue raising awareness of energy-related offences and cement their commitment to bringing those responsible for these incidents to justice.
Rodger Holden, director of development for Crimestoppers, said: “The continuation of this partnership between Crimestoppers and E.ON is paramount to raising awareness of energy-related crime and for appealing to the public to help catch those responsible.”
Holden also stated: “The partnership also highlights the trust large-scale companies have in Crimestoppers. Our anonymous system for reporting crime is unique. Businesses affected by crime recognise that working with us can achieve results. We look forward to future success with E.ON as we carry out more work moving forward.”
Barrie Millett MSyI (acting director of safety, health and environment at E.ON UK) commented: “Our partnership with Crimestoppers, which is now running for the fifth consecutive year, reaffirms our commitment to raising awareness of energy-related offences. Most importantly, we hope to highlight the dangers and risks of these offences, helping our customers and colleagues identify and report incidents either by contacting E.ON directly or Crimestoppers on an anonymous basis.”
*If you have any information on suspected energy-related offences please contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. To find out more about the work Crimestoppers and E.ON have carried out, visit the campaign page on the Crimestoppers website.