SELMA, N.C. – Electricity theft incidents have increased this year in some parts of North Carolina. Both large energy companies and small municipalities have seen more meter tampering this year compared with last.
City employees in Selma, which has seen more than a 50 percent increase in tampering incidents say it could cause electrocution and it's against the law.
"We're very aggressive in terms of checking for meter tampering and we're very strict in our policies in terms of cutoffs which may force people to want to tamper the meters to get utilities," said Selma Town Manager Richard Douglas.
Police urge the public to report possible incidents of meter tampering.