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ActewAGL offering meter padlocks

By johnboy 6 January 2012 30

ActewAGL are spreading the word that they’re selling electricity meter locks to stop those pesky kids blowing your electronics up by wiggling the mains switch:

An ActewAGL padlock can be fitted to many electricity meter boxes to secure the meter box while still allowing ActewAGL to gain access for maintenance and meter-reading purposes.

ActewAGL Acting General Manager Networks Lyn Iacumin said, “Your meter box controls the flow of electricity into your home and houses important electrical equipment, such as the meter, main switch, fuses and possibly your circuit breakers.

“In the past we have received reports of meter boxes being tampered with and homes having the power switched off by pranksters. That’s why we offer meter padlocks that allow the resident and ActewAGL access while keeping others out of the meter box.

“An ActewAGL padlock can provide added security and peace of mind, especially during this time of year when many Canberrans head off on holiday.”

The locks go for $55 (less for pensioners) and you can get them from ActewAGL shopfronts.

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1967 12:55 pm 09 Jan 12

shirty_bear said :

Had never really considered locking up the meter box beforehand, but it makes at least a little sense.
55 beer tickets is steep, though … which got me wondering … suppose I chuck on a dollar-shop cheapie padlock … it’ll keep out casual miscreants, but what happens at meter-reading time? Does the meter-reader carry around a set of bolt-cutters? Or does ACTEW get all finger-waggly? Heaven forfend they go all the way to foot-stampy?

Probably best not to put your own lock on as in the event of an emergency, (fire, flood, whatever), the emergency services people, who I assume have a master key as well, may want to isolate the power while trying to save you life.

GardeningGirl 1:10 pm 07 Jan 12

ACTEW padlocks for been available for a long time but it doesn’t hurt to let people know. When we lived next to a laneway we didn’t know until we rang ACTEW and asked if there was anything that could be done about the rapscallions passing by.

dungfungus 9:53 am 07 Jan 12

Henry82 said :

Postalgeek said :

No doubt some nefarious scallywags will buy some bolt cutters.

You’re assuming they’re organised and have money to buy bolt cutters. Also, you can’t easily hide the cutters, and bulky when running away.

If the quality of the lock is commensurate with the price of $55 it will have hardened steel so it will take a very large bolt cutter (about $500) to do the job.

Henry82 9:30 am 07 Jan 12

Postalgeek said :

No doubt some nefarious scallywags will buy some bolt cutters.

You’re assuming they’re organised and have money to buy bolt cutters. Also, you can’t easily hide the cutters, and bulky when running away.

poetix 9:08 am 07 Jan 12

Postalgeek said :

No doubt some nefarious scallywags will buy some bolt cutters.

It is to be hoped that these admirable precautions will at least impede the illicit intentions of mischievous imps and artful dodgers.

matt31221 1:42 am 07 Jan 12

screaming banshee said :

Seems pointless having a solid quality Australian made lock when 5 seconds with a pair of tinsnips will remove the bits the lock is attached to.

Well if they do that then you can put a more heavy duty shackle on your board with the lock. But honestly, if a crim is going to carry around Tinsnips to do that – they probably have some handy skills and would end up being productive and working in a trade somewhere and making the big bucks.

Postalgeek 10:48 pm 06 Jan 12

No doubt some nefarious scallywags will buy some bolt cutters.

screaming banshee 10:11 pm 06 Jan 12

Seems pointless having a solid quality Australian made lock when 5 seconds with a pair of tinsnips will remove the bits the lock is attached to.

allyroger 6:47 pm 06 Jan 12

shirty_bear said :

Had never really considered locking up the meter box beforehand, but it makes at least a little sense.
55 beer tickets is steep, though … which got me wondering … suppose I chuck on a dollar-shop cheapie padlock … it’ll keep out casual miscreants, but what happens at meter-reading time? Does the meter-reader carry around a set of bolt-cutters? Or does ACTEW get all finger-waggly? Heaven forfend they go all the way to foot-stampy?

They don’t open it, don’t tell you and “estimate” your bill. Finally they do tell you 1 year later that they can’t get in and when the real meter is read, send you a bill for 3 times what they have been “estimating”. At least thats what they did to me.

hoody 6:26 pm 06 Jan 12

I left a free padlock on my neighbours meter box after I turned off his power to stop the techno at 4am. I did ask him several times to no success. Of course I removed it later in the day. Pretty sure the thug didn’t need the power on for his oxygen, or other sensitive medical electrical devices.

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