Defective metering, unmetered supply and pilferage are the main non-technical factors
I always remember seeing an article years ago about how the poor people of the "barrios" got free electricity.
There was a picture of a guy with his ladder up a pole adding his own unofficial "service drop." Just at this one pole there must have been at least two dozen bits of lamp cord twisted around the conductors and leading off in all directions to the shanties.
Wish I still had the photo to post....
I still recall the caption below: "This hazardous task has often resulted in electrocution."
[This message has been edited by pauluk (edited 05-22-2003).]