Power Theft

Don’t cut meter seals

There is a seal on every electric meter owned by Marlboro Electric Cooperative. Only authorized cooperative personnel have the right to cut the seal and pull the meter. If you cut the seal and pull the meter, you face fines, costs and possible criminal prosecution.  

Or worse…pulling the meter when your service is energized can cause an electric arc capable of causing serious injury, blindness, burns and sometimes death.

Co-ops often use color-coded seals on meter bases. Colors can indicate active or closed accounts or meters where tampering is suspected.  Cut seals often indicate power theft.  Members can help reduce power theft by reporting cut seals to your cooperative.

When a co-op employee installs a meter, it is installed on de-energized service.  Pulling the meter when your service is energized can cause an electric arc capable of causing serious injury, blindness and burns.

If anyone does work in the fuse box or meter base, the service must be re-inspected by the county inspector. Only a licensed, professional electrician should do such work. If you need to have electrical work performed, please call your co-op to schedule a serviceman to pull your meter during normal business hours Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


Stay out of meter bases

If you cut a co-op seal on a meter base and pull the meter, you may face a fate worse than fines, costs and possible criminal prosecution. Pulling the meter when your service is energized can cause an electric arc capable of inflicting serious injury, blindness, burns and sometimes death.