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#125983 - 09/21/03 06:21 AM Meter Reader Finds A Thief!!
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#125984 - 09/21/03 01:15 PM Re: Meter Reader Finds A Thief!!
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I'm not sure what I am seeing here. One thing I notice is there are no numbers appearing on the meter. What are those things sticking out of the glass?

My meter is a plain old round-and-round-it-goes type.

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#125985 - 09/21/03 02:04 PM Re: Meter Reader Finds A Thief!!
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Hi TG, I think Joe is referring to the heavy locking band around the meter.

These are generally only used on meters the POCO has found evidence of tampering.

Bob
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#125986 - 09/21/03 02:15 PM Re: Meter Reader Finds A Thief!!
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Our poco uses similar meters.This one looks like a digital like I see here.

What are the 2 objects on the face of the meter?

Russell

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#125987 - 09/21/03 02:43 PM Re: Meter Reader Finds A Thief!!
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Not sure of the front objects, but the wire on the right side was being used to slow down to disk!
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#125988 - 09/21/03 02:53 PM Re: Meter Reader Finds A Thief!!
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WOW how do these folks think they will get away with things like this?
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#125989 - 09/21/03 02:54 PM Re: Meter Reader Finds A Thief!!
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I think the small white wire at 3 o’clock is though the {likely polycarbonate plastic} cover, probably though a drilled hole—may be some sort of “cheater”. {looks like it’s partly inside and outside the cover.} The fat ring with the security lock at 7 o’clock usually means there was tampering or strong evidence of same. The hole and wire very likely have “appeared” since the ring was put on. It’s real unlikely that the wire did anything towards affecting meter readings, like the old “broomstraw through the disk” trick.

Electronic registers {versus mechanical} can easily keep a timed log of loss of power [tampering within meter or upstream] and zero or low current [tampering within meter or downstream.]

The two gizmos on the cover look like an optical port and demand-reset switch.

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#125990 - 09/21/03 04:00 PM Re: Meter Reader Finds A Thief!!
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i had to cut one off once.....

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#125991 - 09/21/03 04:28 PM Re: Meter Reader Finds A Thief!!
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The wire at three o'clock position has been put in place to stop or slow down the disk, therefore either the meter is regestering no usage or reduced usage.

We also use high security rings on accounts were we suspect or have found theft of service or were the customer has been shut off for non payment. In Massachusetts, the utility can estimate stolen power & bill the customer for triple that amount and require additional security doeposits be paid.
We install a steel meter protective cover over any meter we find has been tampered with, to make it harder for the customer to succeed at stealing in the future.

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#125992 - 09/21/03 05:04 PM Re: Meter Reader Finds A Thief!!
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On Long Island we have many of these locking rings around. According to the POCO it was some sort of an experiment where whole areas were outfitted with them. They've been there for many years.

On a Service change, or when we have to pull the meter we have to call for an unlock which can take a day or two for someone to come out. Lately they don't seem to be able to open them anymore (too rusted) and they tell us (unofficially) to cut them off ourselves if we really have to get in there. I think a grinding wheel at the hinge is really the only thing that works on these.

Bill

[This message has been edited by Bill Addiss (edited 09-21-2003).]

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