“Rosseti Centre Orelenergo” conducts a systematic struggle to prevent and detect theft of electricity. For this purpose, the “Mobile Inspection Control Unit” subdivision was created in the branch, which included employees from the security, energy conservation and energy efficiency improvement departments.
For 5 months of 2020, Orelenergo’s employees, including the inspection control group of the branch’s security department, in different districts of the region revealed 57 facts of electricity theft with a total volume of more than 3 million kWh for a total of 11.5 million rubles, which is comparable, for example , with the consumption of electricity by residents of the Orel region per month. The largest theft during this period was recorded in the Orel region in the amount of almost 2.0 million kWh for a total of 7.1 million rubles.
For all identified cases, statements were prepared and sent to the territorial police departments on bringing the violators to responsibility, provided for by the legislation of the Russian Federation.
The power engineers remind that the legislation provides for severe penalties for energy thieves. In case of theft, the violator not only compensates for the damage to the electric grid company, but is also held criminally or administratively liable with a fine. For individuals, the sanction is from 10 to 20 thousand rubles, for officials - from 30 to 80 thousand, for legal entities - from 100 to 200 thousand.
Conscientious consumers, who regularly pay electricity bills, suffer to a large extent from the criminal actions of the thieves: because of thefts, there are voltage drops in the grid, household appliances fail, and the likelihood of failures, fires and accidents increases.
Orelenergo appeals to residents of the region with a request not to use devices that can distort the actual consumption of electric energy, and to report known facts of energy theft by calling the hotline at 8-800-50-50-115, or by sending messages to +7 915-369-69-69 in Viber (all calls and messages are toll-free), as well as to their Distribution Zones.