This is a discussion on They cut my power! within the Carry & Defensive Scenarios forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; This happened a lot around here. (Soddy Daisy Tn) Turns out the power company was running from house to house pulling the old meter and ...
This happened a lot around here. (Soddy Daisy Tn) Turns out the power company was running from house to house pulling the old meter and installing the newer meter that they can control from their office. You apparently don't have any option.
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Was it cut or they just flipped the main? If a lock won't fit a ziptie is a great idea. +1 for rifle or shotgun and calling the police to report it. Glad nothing came of it, but good to be aware. Our alarm has a battery backup and I flip it on, if it isn't already when power goes out, just in case. It also has an alarm if the phone line is cut.
If you do not have an alarm, it can be a worthwhile investment. Even if you do not pay for monitoring (month to month or annually) it makes one ******* racket if tripped.
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I'm going to go with yes they are, seeing as how there is much less of the lock arm showing, which is often covered by whatever it is "locking"; not to mention that for this same reason they also cannot be turned and manipulated near as much. Impossible to cut? No way. More difficult than a regular lock? Absolutely.
I like the ziptie idea better than a lock though. As stated, I wouldn't want to be looking for a key or fumbling with a combo if in dire need of shutting the power off.
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That is a LOT of work they are going through. Sounds like someone is serious. If it was me I would take a couple vacation days, move the car to look like I was NOT home, and wait for the fun to start.:):):)
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Where do you people live. I have never seen an outside breaker box except for A/C unit.
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I would have definitely called the police and have them come out for a report.
While it may be a "prank," or a game kids play in many areas, it may not be the case in your area. It may be the M.O. (modus operandi) for burglaries in your area. Without notifying the police, you'd have no way of knowing if there's a burglary ring operating in your neighborhood.
Also, the power company gets real snippy when they find people tampering with meters and power sources as a lot of people are trying to scam the power company for free electricity or at least try to show reduced consumption on the meter (it happens more than you might think). If they suspect the homeowner is doing it, they often file criminal theft charges. If you've made a documented police report that your meter is being tampered with, it may keep the power company from suspecting you are trying to scam them.
While I participated in a few juvenile pranks when I was a kid, I never was real big on pranking people, and especailly as an adult. Too many people get hurt emotionally, or seriously injured over pranks. Having the police come out will at least let you know if it's happening as a prank in your area, or if they've had actual burglaries in the area using the same scheme.
Just my thoughts on the matter. YMMV.
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