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Old 08-19-2009, 07:20 AM
 
Location: The Conterminous United States
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One more sign of the times:


"Burglars bypassed the electric meter so that they could have air conditioning and lights while partying in a vacant Cape Coral apartment they broke into.


The case is indicative of an increasing problem faced by utilities from people who tamper with meters to get free electricity, said Kathleen Taylor, a spokeswoman for Lee County Electric Cooperative. The company has almost 200,000 customers in Lee and Collier counties, including Cape Coral.


Beginning in 2008, cases of meter tampering increased from fewer than 100 a month to more than 100 a month, Taylor said. That amounts to about 1,900 cases through July. The increase in cases of meter tampering may be caused, in part, by the recession, and other factors, Taylor said.


So far this year, LCEC has billed account holders for more than $85,000 in stolen electricity."

Theft of electricity surges in SW Florida | news-press.com | The News-Press
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Old 08-19-2009, 07:53 AM
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Anything that isnt nailed down, or properly secured will become a target for the local "discounters". Food, fuel, and necessary services will become the primary targets as things get worse. But that's true everywhere. SW Florida just happens to be on the leading edge of the debacle.
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Old 08-19-2009, 08:12 AM
 
Location: Florida Space Coast
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The funny thing is there was another member that said their electric bill was $900 a month and my first reaction was I wonder if someone is somehow tapping into his electricity. Even up here we have been seeing a huge increase in armed robberies, but the biggest theft item seems to be firewood.
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Old 08-19-2009, 08:21 AM
 
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The funny thing is there was another member that said their electric bill was $900 a month and my first reaction was I wonder if someone is somehow tapping into his electricity. Even up here we have been seeing a huge increase in armed robberies, but the biggest theft item seems to be firewood.
My firewood sits untouched. We're not seeing desperation up here. Then again, my electric bill runs about $220 in the winter and $80 in the summer and I really, really run my electric!

Last time I looked NH's unemployment rate was pretty good. It's running 6.9 to 5.7. Why would you have a "huge increase in armed robberies" in New Hampshire?
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Old 08-19-2009, 08:31 AM
 
Location: Florida Space Coast
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Not to open a huge can of worms but what the heck. Massachusetts changed a lot of their welfare laws and a lot of people from lawrence and lowell that were say "undesirable" moved in and most of the robberies are most likely drug related as opposed to trying to feed the family.
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Old 08-19-2009, 09:01 AM
 
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Not to open a huge can of worms but what the heck. Massachusetts changed a lot of their welfare laws and a lot of people from lawrence and lowell that were say "undesirable" moved in and most of the robberies are most likely drug related as opposed to trying to feed the family.
You might want to try that again.

If you want welfare, food stamps, housing benefits, government benefits, you are much better off than Massachusetts. Maine and Vermont are even better than that. They are the top three on the list.

New Hampshire is 26th. Not bad, considering their unemployment rate is so low.

On the other side of the coin, Florida is 48th in government benefits. That sounds pretty-gosh-darn-dandy on the surface. Combine it with 13 percent unemployment and record number foreclosures and that is a very nasty combination, though.

Makes a snowbird not want to go back north, come summer. Might not have a recognizable Florida house to go back to.

Variations in Government Aid Across the Nation - Interactive Graphic - NYTimes.com
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Old 08-21-2009, 06:29 AM
 
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The Looney Liberal states up NORTH (and California) reward lazy Welfare recipients, as does the Current admin. in office. '
You want to live in a "right to work" state, where the attitude is: you want to live here? Get a Job and work hard and you can join the group. No free Lunches"
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Old 08-21-2009, 07:40 AM
 
Location: Gloucester, Va
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Seems folks down there might be desperate for more than just electricity. They are breaking into vending machines for food: Alva park concession stand hit by thieves | news-press.com | The News-Press and Boy Scout trailers for camping gear: Scouts going camping without stolen trailer -- OrlandoSentinel.com

No job, house, welfare or food stamps, recon that is what is next. I'm guessing that volunteering at the local food bank or shelter would be a good service to the community.

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Old 08-22-2009, 07:06 AM
 
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We just purchased a home that had electricity tampering. The person dug underground, by the meter, ran another line, bypassing the meter and stole the electricity.
Of course he was caught, but what a mess. The meter was taken off. We have to hire an electrician to come in and fix the conduit and other issues, so the power company can run a new line from the pole. Then after an inspection by Collier County, LCEC will put the meter back in and turn the power on.
We knew about all this when purchasing the home, we just hope that it doesn't take long, to get each party to finish the job. We do not like having a home, without power, in south Florida, in this humidity. no mold yet, but I am sure it won't take long.
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Old 08-22-2009, 07:20 AM
 
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What part of Collier county are you in ?

Most of us have FPL ( FLorida Power and Light) for our power
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