How-To Remove a Locked Electrical Meter

I was hired to replace an old electrical service panel but the meter was locked on. This is highly dangerous and should only be done by a licensed profession…

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  1. Dave Wallace says:

    Haha, wears sunglasses, hat etc… Don’t steal power. But here’s how it’s
    done. Why do people have such an issue with paying their electric bills.
    When you crop out, the best kush sells for thousands a pound. Who cares if
    you have to shell out $1,200 bucks every 2 months.

  2. steve va says:

    Oh god forbid if anyone steals power from the crooked douche bag power
    companies that have been fist fucking us our whole lives.You wimp assed
    homos that don’t like what is in the video can just take your cratered
    asses off the net before your dumb asses actually learn something.Jesus
    christ you idiots.

  3. TheSoloAsylum says:

    I have removed a few of these things by ruining them and leaving them on
    the ground for the power company to find. These should be used only on
    rental properties where the tenant is not the owner of the property. It is
    not even legal for the power company to put one on a privately owned home.
    The power company does not own the meter socket, the home owner does. Says
    me, 20yr electrician.

  4. G Dubya says:

    Let’s not pretend, Jim. First, if your meter base has a lock like this,
    there is a reason. That reason is usually because tampering or theft has
    already occurred at that premise. Second, if you were truly a professional,
    you’d know that an electric company does NOT charge to come out and simply
    remove a lock that THEY installed. Temporarily disconnect the service, YES.
    Remove a lock for repairs, NO. Third, the method you are showing does not
    work most of the time. More often than not it simply bores out the cylinder
    making it necessary for the band to be cut off because the “tool” you
    mentioned won’t even work anymore. And lastly, if you are in an area where
    “smart” meters have been installed, your access to that meter will most
    likely be detected quickly. Any interruption, irregular voltages and much
    more can be detected. How do I know all of this? I am a theft investigator
    for a major electric utility. Are there ways to steal and get away with
    it…? Absolutely. But each and every day those ways are being eliminated.
    So why wear the sunglasses and pretend like you’re not promoting theft,
    Jim? Justify it however you want…but let’s call it what it
    is…stealing…plain and simple. Be looking for you ;)

  5. Ty Miller says:

    The power company owns the meter, which is what they’re locking, not the
    socket itself. I saw someone say its “illegal” for the electric company to
    install a lock. That is incorrect. Good video, all in all–and that is very
    creative. Now to figure out how to remove the star bit locks, without
    destroying the lock, which are stronger than the pin-type you show here…

  6. Jim Amaral says:

    you’re so right…. lets not pretend! I know what i was doing… Had to say
    something to protect myself, I didn’t think the glasses was enough!

  7. Qvolepues says:

    If you ever need to remove the locking ring, you’re supposed to call the
    utility. Only they are allowed to remove it. Any other person can be
    charged with tampering. You aren’t even allowed to cut the small wire seal
    that is latched to the ring. It’s their property.

  8. Mitchell McCreath says:

    No need to remove.

  9. purfectprints says:

    Great VDO Thanks!

  10. ph1sh100 says:

    Nice job.I will post my video about this after I move.:)

  11. Carlos Sanchez says:

    Fuck that! it’s not stealing, it’s taking back what was taken from you.

  12. K Singleton says:

    I’ve always wondered how they read my meter before the smart meters came
    out, mine is in my basement. I suppose they could estimate each month, but
    then that might lead to hundreds of dollars of over estimating as happened
    to me in California with Edison. They won’t give you your money back if
    that happens unless you cancel your service. Even if it would take 10
    years to use up the credit!

  13. murrij says:

    Great video. I know here in Georgia if something happens to a meter (in a
    storm a branch falls on it like we had a lot with the ice storms this year)
    we have to pay for an electrician to come mount the meter and put a new
    meter on. If anybody reading this lives in Georgia and has had to pay, how
    much was the meter? Kinda worried that if it’s freezing cold after an ice
    storm and I can’t pay $1k to have the meter replaced… jeez.

  14. Lamar Gresham says:

    i have to replace it with a new service panel if i take it off and where to
    get them from

  15. Aaron Markel says:

    1.If there is a lock on your meter it’s because you have previously
    tampered with your electric service.
    2.Your power company will not charge anything to a customer in good
    standing. They will go to great length to keep you satisfied.
    3.If you break into your meter socket they will find out and you will be
    charged a tampering fee in addition to the cost of equipment you damaged
    and all the kWh you could have used.
    4. It’s a bad idea, don’t do it

  16. TheJAD74 says:

    They have not used these locks since 1997/ stupid ass video

  17. cameleon Girl says:

    You are a sleazy person.

  18. THEGREATAWAKENING101 says:

    I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS VIDEO. FOR ALL YOU NAYSAYERS, PLEASE SIMPLY CONTINUE
    TO ALLOW THE UTILITY COMPANIES TO OVERCHARGE YOU AND CHEAT YOU OUT OF YOUR
    MONEY. WORRY ABOUT YOURSELVES. PEOPLE STEALING ELECTRICITY DOES NOT AFFECT
    YOU, YOUR UTILITY COST WILL BE RIDICULOUSLY HIGH REGARDLESS!! THIS IS
    MONOPOLY!! AND CHESS IN TODAY’S SOCIETY! BIG FISH LITTLE FISH. YOU GET IT
    HOW YOU LIVE, AND SO WILL OTHERS.
    I SALUTE THE MAKER OF THIS VIDEO!! HE STATED HIS DISCLAIMER AND THAT’S
    THAT! WE LIVE IN AMERICA RIGHT? THE LAND OF THE FREE? SO FREELY YOU
    RECEIVED, FREELY YOU SHOULD GIVE! 

  19. Dharma Kissoon says:

    sorry dude i’m here to steal power 

  20. Matt Humphrey says:

    I 

  21. Chaz Z says:

    Yeah and the people who have locks put on their meters are wanting to
    replace the panel… because they are renters who can’t afford their rent
    and the owner has given them an incentive to make up back rent by replacing
    a perfectly good panel.
    Just remember the lock was put on there for a reason. Usually its because
    evidence of meter tampering has been determined by the power company at one
    time. Most times its when they shut them off for non payment and quite
    possibly do what is called profiling in determining whether to leave the
    lock ring on when restoring the power once payment has been made. Profiling
    is when the guy looks around the place and the kinds of people living there
    thinking they may try and steal power at a later date. Sometimes its
    because when they arrived to shut the power off to begin with the security
    tag was missing. It just may depend on who shut it off and who restores it
    possibly. So just remember, for whatever reason you are taking that ring
    off. Any fluctuation in your electrical bill will probably draw a red flag
    to further investigation. Although many times the lock is not clearly noted
    to the account unless a loss has been determined. Replacing it with a
    standard ring may not draw too much attention. The lack of a security tag
    will though. Your bill draws the most attention towards your residence.

  22. bruticusprime says:

    mine is an L shaped brass looking lock that goes from the side of the box
    to the front, any “suggestions”?

  23. Armando Andrade says:

    very good help this is great thank you very much

  24. Bluekarmabullies says:

    How does one steal a natural resource?

  25. Paul Rutherford says:

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