Around here the pot "farmers" tend to be illegals from 3d world
countries where meter fraud is a well established custom. I have seen
a number of tricks.
The best one I saw was a guy who put a "T" fitting in the service mast
where it penetrated the roof to the soffit on a service upgrade so he
could loop the service conductors into the attic where they were
tapped. The cops found it when they busted the grow house
Now that some companys use the latest tech of remote meter reading
tampering with the meter could go on for quite awhile, before the
electric company became aware of it. Usually when they are caught the
judges are not very lenient in the sentence. You steal you Pay.
Actually, w/ remote monitoring and latest technology, the utility
company becomes aware of it essentially instantaneously--that's one of
the points of the remote (as in automated) monitoring besides the cost
reduction of eliminating meter-readers...
for a overview of current technology for one particular meter/vendor...
When doing a census for a Rural Electric Co-op, we found more than one
person who had bought their own TRANSFORMER and tapped into the 7,200 volt
Look, if a lineman can fiddle with umpty-ump volts on the job, he can
certainly do it off the clock.
Awhile ago I heard about a guy who stole power by using auto jumper
cables attached to a tree pole pruner, jumping out the meter attaching
directly to the copper uninsulated service line......
he had a tree shaded area to work..
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