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PECO Combats People Using Everyday Items To Steal Power

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♪ TONIGHT SHEDDING LIGHT ON A SHOCKING CRIME. PEOPLE USING EVERY DAY ITEMS TO STEAL ELECTRICITY. NOT ONLY IS IT DANGEROUS BUT IT’S COSTING YOU MILLIONS OF DOLLARS. ONLY OUR JOE HOLD DEN WAS THERE AS PECO OFFICIALS COMBED THROUGH ONE NEIGHBORHOOD SEARCHING FOR POWER STEELERS. THEY’LL USE ANYTHING THEY CAN. Reporter: TO THE AVERAGE PERSON THEY’RE STARTLING FINDS. THESE TWENTY FOUR SCREWS. TWO SCREWS. POWERING THE WHOLE HOUSE. ISN’T POWERING THE WHOLE HOUSE. WHEN YOU SEE SOMETHING LIKE THAT WHAT GOES THROUGH YOUR MIND. FIRE. Reporter: PEOPLE HOT WIRING ELECTRICAL CONNECTIONS STEALING ELECTRICITY PECO OFFICIALS SAY ANY WAY THEY CAN. AND YOU’RE PAYING FOR IT. THERE YOU GO. THEY CAN USE ANYTHING TO CONDUCT ELECTRICITY. WE SEE BEER CANS CRUSHED. Reporter: COME ON. BEER CANS, SODA CANS. Reporter: WE’RE IN CHESTER. PECO IS SWEEPING THE AREA. WE SEE LOT CRAZY STUFF. Reporter: SO CALLED HOT ZONE FOR POWER THEFT. WE’RE LOOKING AT 125 DIFFERENT HOMES TODAY. AS PART OF THIS EVIDENT. Reporter: YOU JUST PECO WORKERS FORCED BACK. THEIR WORK IS DANGEROUS. SECURITY DETAILS ARE PRESENT AND POLICE ARE CLOSE BY. IT’S ALL PART OF THE JOB. THEY’LL HOOK IT UP IT WILL BE SPARKING THE WHOLE TIME SINCE THERE’S NO COVER ONCE THEY HOOK THIS UP IT’S HOT. SOME HOMES SO POORLY WIRED THEY’RE IN DANGER OF BURNING DOWN. THAT IS ALL ENERGIZED RIGHT NOW. TWO VOTE 40 VOLTS. SOME CASES IT’S JUST A MATTER OF TIME. EACH YEAR WE INVESTIGATE AROUND 21,000 POTENTIAL INSTANCES OF THEFT. POWER WAS JUST CUT TO THIS HOME. THE WOMAN THERE WANTED NOTHING TO DO WITH US. IT ALL ADDS UP. THE COST SORE INTO THE MILLIONS OF DOLLARS ACCORDING TO PECO SPOKESMAN BEN ARMSTRONG. GOING AS HIGH AS 3.6 MILLION. THAT’S A SIGNIFICANT IMPACT. NOT ONLY BECAUSE IT’S UNSAFE, IT’S ILLEGAL AND IT HAS FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS. AS YOU CAN SEE THESE WIRES STARTED TO MELT. Reporter: HOT WIRING THE GRID WORKERS CALL EIGHT BIG-TIME HAZARD. THE PEP TEE FOR THEFT, PECO EVALUATES GOING TO COURT TO RECOVER COSTS ON A CASE BY CASE BASIS. WE’LL DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO REMOVE THESE UNSAFE SITUATIONS AND TO REMOVE THEFT. Reporter: CREWS WILL CONTINUE THEIR WORK. THEY EXPECT TO LOOK AT UPWARDS 125 PROPERTIES OF WHICH THEY TELL ME SOME 30% MR. BELIEVED TO BE STEALING ELECTRICITY.

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