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Warning: Thieves Can Steal Your Electricity Legally and Put You in Jail

Updated on March 19, 2013


Read my personal experience with an unwanted guest stealing my electric from my boat dock. Find out what I had to do to make my unwanted guest leave my property. Learn how easy someone can hook up to your electric than put you in jail for shutting their power off which you are paying for.

"How People Can Steal Your Electricity Legally - How To Stop Them."


How I Found Out My Electricity was Being Stolen

My story started when I looked out my back door and seen a big boathouse next to my boat-dock. I just came home from vacation. I didn't think much about this boathouse at first because boats go by all the time.

Naturally I was tired from traveling and just wanted to unpack my clothes and relax. The next day after I got rested up from traveling. I decided to wash some clothes. I walked through my backyard with my laundry to my shed. I started the wash a machine.

I looked toward my boat-dock and seen that boathouse again with a man fishing off the top of his boathouse.

Still I didn't notice a power cord hooked up to my dock. I walked out to my back porch and sat down and watched this man fish. I walked out to my boat-dock and asked the man if he is catching any fish?

That is when I noticed he had a power cord going to my electric panel on my dock. I didn't say anything about it and neither did he.

I sat back down on my porch and had a few drinks. I started thinking. Why didn't he tell me he was hooked up to my electric?

The more I drank the more upset I was getting. So when my husband came home. I told him about the man in the houseboat and told him he was plugged into out the electric panel on the dock.

My husband went out to the boat dock and talk to the man. He asked the man why he was plugged into our electric?

He said because I can! The man didn't even offer an excuse. My husband was fuming at this point.

My husband went out to the boat-dock and told the man to leave then unplugged the mans cord and threw the cord over to his boathouse.

A few hours later the cops showed up at our house. The cop said we could not just cut his power off in any way. The cops plugged the thief electric cord back into my boat-dock electric panel.

The cop then told us that we had to evict the guy. Before the cop left. He said whatever you do not turn this mans power off or I will be forced to put you in jail.

I couldn't believe what I was hearing! So I tried to legally evict this man. Well I couldn't get him evicted because he was living in what they call public property because his boat was in the canal.

So I called the environmental agency. I explained to them what was going on. They didn't know what I could do either. I asked them if they could make him leave because of him flushing raw sewage into the canal.

They said they would look into it and call me back. These people in the environmental office never heard of a situation like this and was working hard to help me get rid of this guy legally.

They couldn't do nothing or even suggest anything for us to try to get this guy out. So I called a property attorney they had no answers to how I could get rid of my unwanted guests.

I Couldn't Evict Him the Legal Way So I Got Rid Of Him My Way

Several weeks went by and this guy was living off my electric for free and I had enough of trying to evict him legally.

So I told my husband how I plan to get rid of this thief. We waited until the man went to sleep. I snuck out to my boat-dock in the middle of the night.

I unplugged his cord then I pulled up his anchor and cut the rope. I pulled his power cord as close to my dock as possible and cut as much of his power cord off as I could, leaving me with the end of the power cord.

I shoved his boat off and he started drifting with the current. I told my husband to put a lock on our power panel.

My husband thought I was crazy but end the end we got rid of the thief stealing our electric.

Advice for You the Home Owner Who Pays for Electric

Never allow anyone to hook up to your electric. Whether they have a houseboat or motor home, camper or whatever.

It's easier to get rid of an unwelcome house guess than it is to get rid of someone who is hooked up on your outside power panel.

More Ways Thieves Can Steal Your Electric

What Thieves Can Do With Your Identity

Identity thieves can also still your electric or power leaving you with the bill and bad credit.

How to Tell If Your Neighbors Are Stealing Your Electricity

The safest way to tell if your electric is being stolen is to shut all the power off.
Turn off all the power in your house using the main disconnect beside your breaker box or fuse box. Then go outside and examine your electric meter. If all your power is turned off, the meter should stop moving. If it has not stopped, someone may have intercepted your electricity.


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    • Shyron E Shenko profile image

      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      That happend to my mom when she lived in mobile home park and I just called the electric company and had the power turned off. Then had it turned back on later with a secure panel.

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      tamron 4 years ago

      I have had my share of run inns with people. You should have seen what I did to the kids that kept running my mailbox over.

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      tamron 4 years ago

      If he would have came back. I am not sure what I would have done! I guess the thief figured if I was willing to break the law myself and I was sneaky enough to send him drifting. He probably figured he better leave me alone. I might step it up a notch.

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      LongTimeMother 4 years ago from Australia

      I would have been suffering the guilts about him maybe crashing into something so I couldn't do that in real life. But gee, I wish I'd thought to write it into a film or tv script!

      With events like this in your life to fall back on, you'd have no shortage of material for creative writing. :)

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      I can imagine how irritated you were in having to deal with this thief. It is sad that the laws protect people like that. To me, there is no basis for allowing thieves to tap into resources that you are paying for. There is just no rational way to justify it, yet it happens a lot. I got a chuckle out of the way you handled it. Smart thinking, but I'm surprised the thief didn't come back and report you for cutting his cord and rope, sending him off to drift.

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      sprocketman 5 years ago

      Weird, did the cops cite any kind of law?? It's not like you had a tenancy agreement with the guy! Unfathomable.

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      tamron 5 years ago

      Every time I have ever called the law. I either have went to jail or threaten to be put in jail and this was no exception. I don't bother calling the law anymore!.

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      Sandy Mertens 5 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      It doesn't get much lower than that. Stilling your electricity. Glad you solved the problem with a lock, after the fact.

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      Dan Harmon 5 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      Personally, I like your solution - I've run into power thieves before in a mobile home park and considered changing the voltage of the outlet they were plugged into to make it 240 volts instead of 120. Burn out all their equipment plugged into it.

      I'm a little surprised, though, that he didn't file charges for the damage to his houseboat. It's something to consider.

      Somewhere there is a breaker feeding that dock power. If it ever happens again, turn the breaker off and lock the cover closed so that it cannot be turned back on. If he cuts the lock off, now he's the one up for damaging your property. Problem solved.

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      Redberry Sky 5 years ago

      Wow, Tamron, that's really scary and sinister! Glad you got rid of this parasite, he sounds like a real loser. Hope the lock your husband put on your power panel was nice and strong! (love the part about you pushing the boat off to drift away - wonder what he thought when he woke up! :) voted up and across.