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Duration: 29 minutes

With energy prices rocketing Mark Jordan reveals how more and more people are stealing gas and electricity. He joins the British Gas detectives as they hunt down the power thieves. And Matthew Wright discovers how neighbourhoods are generating their own power to beat the bills.

  • Meet the inspectors tackling the energy thieves

    Preview: Energy theft

    As energy prices increase, a growing number of people are choosing to steal their gas and electricity.


    For some it comes down to being cash-strapped, but others are prepared to cheat the system whilst also endangering the lives of neighbours.


    There is also an increasing number of unscrupulous people willing to offer a service to tamper with meters for a charge of between £10-£500.


    Watch the Inside Out London video feature on the BBC News website.

  • Energy theft

    Gas rings

    Criminal gangs are helping homeowners and landlords avoid paying for power by "hotwiring" supplies for as little as £10, BBC Inside Out has learned.


    The energy thieves operating in London can tamper with 15 meters in a day, an investigation found.



    Read the exclusive Inside Out story on the BBC News website.


Matthew Wright
Mark Jordan
Series Producer
Andy Richards


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