The owner of a takeaway store was recently jailed after putting the lives of employees and customers in danger from a possible gas explosion after tampering with his gas supply.
A British Gas Revenue Protection Officer made a visit to the business, only to find that the meter had been tampered with once again.
Mr Ergisi, 46, of Commercial Street, Camborne, had previously been convicted of stealing £53,659.18 from British Gas by tampering with the supply between August 2014 and February 2016 after watching an online video on how to tamper and bypass with his gas meter.
But energy theft doesn’t pay off and Mr Ergisi was sentenced to 12 months in prison.
Addressing Ergisi, Judge Simon Carr said the case must send a warning to others and act as a deterrent against the likelihood of a possible explosion.
He said: “This was clearly a breach of the responsibility you had to your staff and members of the public by tampering with the gas supply. I’ve considered [the charge of] general theft but that does not take into account the threat in this case.”
Energy theft is a recurring problem across the UK. It’s a criminal offence to tamper with gas and electricity meters and is costing the industry up to £500m a year.
A way for businesses to combat energy theft is by having a smart meter installed. The benefits of a tamper-proof smart meter include more control of your energy usage, accurate bills, the elimination of estimated readings and better budgeting.
The meter readings will be more closely tracked enabling you to monitor your energy consumption.