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Preventing energy theft

We’re putting energy thieves on notice with a new collaboration with BC Crime Stoppers.

Crime Stoppers is now sharing anonymous information related to energy theft directly with FortisBC investigators.

This collaboration gives you more tools to help protect your neighbourhood. And, it gives us greater access to more timely information, so we can better identify and investigate possible instances of energy theft.

Suspect energy theft in your neighbourhood?

Call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS to leave an anonymous tip. Or leave your secure tip online. You won’t have to identify yourself or testify in court.

About energy theft in BC

Both electricity and natural gas theft is a problem in BC.  It is a major safety concern for the general public and our employees and increases customer costs. 

Historically, the highest incidence of natural gas theft occurred in Surrey and Maple Ridge in the Lower Mainland, while 65% of electricity theft in our service area has occurred in and around Kelowna.

There are an estimated 200 instances of electricity theft in 2014. These thefts cost our customers an estimated $4,000 each day.

Dangers of energy theft

Many, but not all, incidents of gas and electric theft are related to marijuana growing operations and are difficult to detect.  What is usually reported to Crime Stoppers is the probable indicators of illegal marijuana grow operations or drug labs.

Electricity or natural gas may also be diverted for a number of other reasons, including powering hot tubs, swimming pools, air conditioners and more. 

Theft of energy bypasses are a major danger to the public and our employees:

  • Illegal connections to the gas or electric system are never safe as they haven’t been installed by qualified professionals.
  • In emergency situations, such as fires, power lines or gas lines that have been compromised by theft may stay on even when emergency responders think they’ve been shut off.
  • FortisBC employees who work on the electric and natural gas system are at risk from energy theft.

Reporting energy theft can protect you, your neighbours, and your property.  If you suspect energy theft, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or FortisBC at 1-866-550-5444.