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Power Theft Prevention

Energy theft is on the rise – and everyone pays for it in terms of costs and safety. BTU is doing all it can to stop theft, but customer help is needed.

Safety concerns

Power thieves tamper with electric service connections and meters to avoid paying for electricity. Attempting to steal power is a dangerous proposition. Not only can it result in fires, but individuals can be severely burned or even electrocuted. BTU Meter Techs will notify their Field Service Supervisor to investigate before touching the meter if they detect meter tampering. The City of Bryan Fire Marshall will also be notified and they will begin an investigation to proceed with possible citation.

Legal violations

Energy theft is against the law. 

Texas Penal Code – Section 31.04 Theft of Service identifies penalties for criminal damage and theft of utility services ranging from a Class C Misdemeanor to a State Jail Felony.

Report theft

BTU takes power theft seriously because we want to protect you from harm and needless rising costs. Help us stop theft and protect those that may come in contact with potential hazards by reporting it. If you suspect someone of tampering with an electric service, please contact our office at 979-821-5700.

BTU strongly recommends that you let BTU handle the matter and do not confront suspected energy thieves yourself.