Saturday February 2, 2013
Property owners warned of power theft committed under their names
KUCHING: Property owners are advised not to remain ignorant of power theft and meter tampering by their tenants.
According to Sarawak Energy Berhad, owners could face incrimination if the offences are committed in their names by tenants.
“We find that many property owners are not aware of the power theft and meter tampering activities by tenants at their premises.
“As the electricity bill is in the property owner’s name, it is the owner who will be investigated and prosecuted. With crimes being committed in their names, ignorance is not an option or justification,” a Sarawak Energy spokesman said in a statement.
Property owners found to have committed power theft will be investigated and could lead to prosecution.
Owners can protect themselves by placing the electricity bill under the tenant’s name.
They should also check their tenants frequently and report any power theft taking place at their premises, the spokesman said.
He added that most power theft occurred through meter tampering, bypassing meters and tapping power lines.
Other methods detected include tapping into neighbouring premises and illegally reconnecting the supply after being disconnected.
Power theft is a crime punishable with a fine of RM100,000 or five years’ imprisonment or both.
Suspected power theft can be reported to Sarawak Energy’s hotline at 082-443 535 or email@example.com. All reports will be kept confidential.