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Is Your Neighbour Stealing from You?

By: Sarah Clark (ILEX) - Updated: 1 Sep 2020 | comments*Discuss
 
Neighbbour Stealing Theft Wifi Gas

Theft is a real problem in the 21st century – and we don’t mean stealing the milk from your doorstep, it’s more serious, sometimes invisible things that you should look out for.

Of course, most neighbours are not problem neighbours at all and they wouldn’t dream of helping themselves to your property – but the lines do become blurred for some people about what is acceptable and what isn’t, and some are downright blatant when it comes to misappropriating what isn’t theirs.

Neighbour Stealing your WiFi

Most people have some sort of WiFi these days and unfortunately, some people don’t think they should have to pay for it. If your neighbour ‘piggybacks’ your WiFi, they could cause you all sorts of connection problems, slow down your broadband speed too - but more importantly they can steal files from your computers or infect your network with viruses and malware at the same time. It’s not just rude, it’s illegal, and potentially they could be prosecuted under The Communications Act 2003, which says a "person who (a) dishonestly obtains an electronic communications service, and (b) does so with intent to avoid payment of a charge applicable to the provision of that service, is guilty of an offence".

If you notice intermittent problems with your connection, or your broadband appears to slow down at certain times every day, you could have a problem with someone stealing your WiFi from you.

The first thing to do if you suspect a WiFi thief is get on the case and check your wireless network log. How you do this varies depending on your computer, but if you look at your network and see more devices connected to it than there should be, you may have a neighbour stealing from you.

To stop them stealing, turn on your WEP or WPA encryption. Many broadband suppliers do this straight away and give you the ‘key’ or password when you set up broadband with them, but if yours is optional, make sure it’s activated. You’ll have to check your router instructions to find out how to do this.

Neighbour Stealing your Post

Stolen and lost mail could potentially be a real problem in these days of identity theft, so if you suspect your parcels or post are going astray courtesy of the neighbours, you need to get onto it straight away. If anything that could be used in identity theft goes missing, such as a passport, driving licences, credit or debit card, report it to the sender straight away.

You should also tell Royal Mail if you think that someone’s been helping themselves to your mail – in some cases people may even set up false mail redirection on your address! Contact the investigations unit immediately if you suspect anything. Telephone the Royal Mail Customer Care Team on 08457 740 740.

Meanwhile, practical solutions to the issue of your disappearing mail could be a lockable, private post box, having important mail or parcels delivered to you at work rather than at home, or asking the post office for your own private post office box, so that when you receive a package, it’s held at the post office until you pick it up.

Danger – Neighbour stealing your Gas or Electricity

This situation is surprisingly common – we’ve all heard of people being astonished by astronomical gas and electricity bills out of the blue. In some cases, it could be that a crafty neighbour is stealing your fuel – but this isn’t just rude, it’s criminal and potentially extremely dangerous too.

There are tens of thousands of instances of this type of theft every year, costing the public more than £100m. Sometimes people can’t afford their bills so feel it’s OK to help themselves for free, but it’s also common for people to interfere with meters when they are involved in illegal drug cultivation.

People who have stolen energy can be prosecuted under several pieces of legislation, so they need to be reported as soon as you realise what they are up to. If you think they’ve interfered with your gas or electricity meters, contact the UK Revenue Protection Association (UKPRA) and report them straight away. The UKRPA is a trade association that’s involved with detecting and dealing with electricity and gas meter tampering and stealing of gas or electricity supplies.If you think they have somehow interfered with your internal wiring, report them to the police and take legal advice.

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I have a upstairs neighboursthay sellingmy gas and water I told my gas ppl told housing told the policeand water ppl and nothing had happenedbecausethay privateno one can go in there home I am housing
Jo - 23-Aug-20 @ 12:18 AM
I would like to have update on my state ments that I was told you sent them out on Tuesday 21st of July I was expecting them today but hasn't arrived I believe that a Tennant in my block where I live is intersepting mail.i want to know if I can have another request of them being sent out and tracked as Alan Williams is taking my post
Kel - 23-Jul-20 @ 12:18 PM
I left a very abusive husband. Lived 4 months in shelters until I qualified for housing assistance. I was elated with joy and excited for my new future and all the possibilities to start opening up for a new life. Only to find myself in a situation where my upstairs neighbor stalks me 24/7. He follows me everywhere I go in my apartment while he's in his apartment. He's a sick 90 old man. He follows me into the bathroom and stays there until I am done he follows me into the bathroom as I shower but he stays in his bathroom until I am finished. I turned on sound but it doesn't detour him. He's even hovering over me, at this very moment, hoping to hear anything interesting from me? It's 3:00 am. I've been painting rocks all evening, right here in my kitchen, since 6:00 pm. He's only left his spot above me, in his kitchen, to use the bathroom. He hasn't been doing anything but standing there hovering. He likes to breathe through his mouth and plays with his teeth with his tongue. It's so disgusting! Meanwhile, I have been robbed blind. All my mother's jewelry, my grandmother's jewelry, all of my sterling silver beads and supplies, all my valuable gemstone beads, all in all about $6,000. - $10,000 maybe more? I just moved in 7 months ago. This started right away. Police can't do anything about it. The spy cams I put out seem to disappear or are tampered with. There are cams in here because they come in during the day and during the night while I'm here. At first I thought it was my husband doing it, but now I'm wondering if I have it confused with my neighbors. Things happen too fast for it to be Bill, my husband. He has to be in bed by 8 pm or he turns into a pumpkin. He's no night owl! I think it's my neighbors. The woman who lived here before me, had severe Alzheimer's. I'll bet they had the cameras going and I'll bet they were taking advantage of her? Finally the manager stepped in and had her daughter come and put her in a rest home. This woman wouldn't leave the state to be closer to her mom because her sweet heart is buried here. I'm sure the neighbors must have taken advantage of her, now they're taking advantage of me, because I've moved into her apartment. They've left the cameras in place, in my bed room and by my kitchen. I was out late washing my windows of my Jeep. He was watching every move I made. I had to use the bathroom. Went in and right back out as quickly as I can move, just as I heard the door of his girlfriend shut. Everybody else was in bed. I'm disabled and live in a retirement community so the residents are a little older than I am. I looked in my Jeep where I found my wallet sitting on top of my purse. Why I was so careless I don't know, but things will be locked up moving forward. Last week $20 and some things disappeared from my Jeep. It has to be them??? Makes the most sense to me? I was working on my daughter's birthday gift and it took me several years to save up for all of the
OthrShudropt - 6-Jul-20 @ 10:41 AM
Scottish gas has informed me the house next door has had no electric or gas supply for yearsthis house had families living there as long as I remember ,the last family moved out Nov 2019 , who has been paying as for sure they definitely were not using candles and primus stoves!!!!!!
HARLEYDEZ - 29-Jun-20 @ 3:41 PM
My neighbors are stealing my water minerals and land they are using a underground machine non stop day and night and are destroying my home they keep shooting off guns but I won't back down I need help by fast my address is 60440 US Hwy 97, Toppenish Wa 98948 please someone help me before it's to late my rocks are disappearing fast
Vickie - 5-Jun-20 @ 9:24 PM
Renting from private owner, nice apt but he did not seal my appliances above furnace. water heater, gas valve. Wide open. I have a neighbor up stairs 4 unit condo. He controls furnace when I cut the heat off later I notice my furnace running. So I turn the cool air on and I hear a click. I got smart! The heat was coming out a little and sucking in the vent. So when I turn the air on he uses wifi to click it to push the air more into the vent. Long story short called the owner he says I'm sorry about that. I should have sealed the the appliances above. He called the building owner. Told me they say prove it. I went to the energy office great they offer $800 so still I cant enjoy my heat coming out the vents properly. Also my furnace runs alone when I'm not using it. Scared to take a shower, maybe sewer water. Pepco and Gas say the just check outside the building. Energy office just gave me money. Washington DC has no help for me. I think because it's a private owned. No one can help me with this. Reaching out for help!
Baby girl - 17-Mar-20 @ 10:56 PM
I keep having things go missing frommy home including where a whole box of tablets I bought from my dog had been emptied and filled with different tablets food goes missing bread butter my electric goes quicker than it should coffee and milk goes quicker than it should My filter head of my fish tank gets pulled of as well and my fish tank is stinking when I go home but the strangest thing is an jeighbour keeps calling from outside telling me to clean my fish tank when he has never been invited in.I have set up cctv in my livin hg room to keep my fish and dog safe I actually store my dog food in my lounge so I can watch it and have started blocking the front of my fridge to keep my food safe.Soap bars gave went missing and their is times I smell strange sweat smells from my towels in my bathroom.Police cannot do anything as no evidence for a long time they where able to turn my cameras off but I've managed to stop this.
Liz - 15-Mar-20 @ 5:56 PM
My next door neighbour of a semi-detached house completely gutted the down stairs area of the house stripping away all the flooring and litterally made the floor drop to the earth before refitting the wooden floors, I had a nose one night when the builders had gone and saw the wiring was all pulled out where the plugs were and on closer inspection you can dee the metal conduit supplying my house which has plugs similarly located. My question is, is there a plug in device whereby I can plug into myside a power usage reader and i can go along all my border wall plug sockets to see if power is being drawn from those sockets only? Note, I have one of those green....amber...red smart meter indicators and I can sit a night watching the tv and notice the light change from green to amber regularly with everything except the fridge & tv turned off?,& no i dont use electricity for heating as its gas! I had loads of rows with those noisy builders & wonder if they have had the last laugh? any information would be highly appreciated
Jay - 27-Nov-19 @ 6:52 PM
A former downstairs neighbour named Stuart Miller has been cheating me and my handsome fiancé Kenny Whyte out of our joint savings money,falsely claiming he bought the garden seat bench out of his money &,claiming he thinks he going to be conned out of his money and he was going to sell my dad's new garden seat bench for £10 to drug-addict Ross who attacked him. Disrespectful former downstairs Neighbour Stuart Miller is a bully,liar,thief,bank Fraudster and conman and he has OCD!.
Suzybear - 26-Nov-19 @ 12:42 PM
How about The nextdoor neighbours not only have access to all of my digital equipment hardware and softwares emails, telephones etc they have control via WiFi they also have influencers to get you sectioned with Paranoia... So not only they harassed me mentally with their childish games,they have given me a medical condition!... Its called character assassination via DWP or my local council or top universities Be careful of covert operations for benefit or wtfas that's the result on your medical files Now I can't adopt or work thank you allllllllllllllllllll Before she moved in I was happy....
Sam - 3-Oct-19 @ 6:56 PM
My neighbors have been stealing my Wi-Fi they have my iCloud information they break into my home and steal my tools and destroy my property such as my garage door opener in my garage door etc. whom do I contact or can you help me
Nate - 13-Sep-19 @ 6:54 AM
Why is it no one listens these days? If you have an intruder you need a visual before anybody does anything. So asking questions like why are my bills higher than usual when I am a woman living alone, everyone thinks its normal cos bills go up. Then when you find out your neighbour has been accessing your home over two years you begin to put the jigsaw together. Whilst I'm trying to tell people this the intruders realise I am on to them and start to dismantle all the crazy stuff they had done in my home, so when I take action to secure my property its too late to catch them and you realise that for over two years you have paid their bills and lived along side them entering your home when ever they felt like it. It makes me so angry that people like this feel entitled to help themselves and create havoc on another human being and then get away with it. Put me in the middle of a field with no neighbours and would be happy.
Looly - 5-Jul-19 @ 11:50 AM
We have lived in our small village for almost 10 years, strangely after we signed up for Waitrose cards neither of us ever received any mail from them!Then a week or two ago our regular postman came with a letter addressed to us but with next door neighbours address on!The postman had crossed through the first line of the address and said 'I brought it round as knew it was for you' So just who changed the address? worrying, as to why on earth would we write our neighbours address down instead of ours! and how long has this mail been going to next doors and never made it to us before? In this day and age of identity theft! I know next door daughter hates me but this is surely illegal etc?? tampering with mail/fraud/identity theft??
JJ67 - 14-May-19 @ 7:16 PM
I believe neighbors with a key andbeen stealing things from my home intermittently and repeatively since september.In process of doing an inventory of missing items.They also have gone into my car.I am single and they ( couples) want me to move (all have said it)and blame me for the letters they received to park by the bylaws: i amon the board, have talked nicely to one and was called an asswhole. He other husbands have askedwhy dont Imove. So one had the key and knew what was in my loft; gave key to one of the husbands who said to meid loveto go through your loft. I Never thoughtbto change my locks cuz ive kniwn theepeople close to 30 yars, except for theyounger couple in theirvthirties, whomhave been quite rude: Imam over 60 and ADD so not most organized house and my neighbor wh gavekey knew never wanted these people in my house. I believethey sold my household products ( i bought to sell in retirement). So anybsuggestions.I now have an alarm system
M - 14-Apr-19 @ 3:43 PM
I have audio recordings proving my neighbour is entering my home via the attic latch, which means he's accessing the partition wall which I believe is the firewall. The wall has 3 panels and seems to be pretty solid when checked but there is no other explanation how he gets into my side of attic. Would cameras pick anything up being the attic is dark, I need visual proof for police to do anything.
Looly - 22-Mar-19 @ 2:37 AM
My neighbors are doing some work for the landlord and are down on my part several times a week. She has learned when I am home and when I am not. I have come up missing lawn mowers gas cans and several things out of my shed. I have spoken to the landlord about this and locked it all up. Things going missing only stops for a while but never totally stops. Any ideals would be helpful.
At witts end - 5-Mar-19 @ 10:25 PM
I live in a building where there are 2 store fronts that hooked up to our furnace. Is there anyone I can call. There is no heat coming up to the bathroom kicken and living room and dining room
Littlecraig - 31-Jan-19 @ 9:13 PM
My neighbour has a dog which roams around the communal hallway unsupervised. It has defeated twice on my big door mat. Their response was to leave it there all day. Next time my replacement rug was thrown into front garden by them. Disgusting! They never clean up when it fouls up the garden.
Baba - 14-Jan-19 @ 9:12 PM
I ordered some nail products from Cuccio and the delivery driver never knocked on my door or left a calling card, so when my parcel didn't arrive, I contacted the company. Cuccio told me a neighbour signed for it and according to said neighbour, she told the driver the parcel wasn't hers, yet her signature is on record. I have police records showing this neighbour is a bully, tried to make my life hell and all of that. Now nobody seems to be doing anything that I'm not only short of £34.88, but I have no goods to show for it. Police tell me it's a civil matter and won't do a bloody thing nor will they tell me my rights. The delivery company won't respond at all and I'm at a complete loss as what the hell I'm supposed to do.
Jude - 7-Sep-18 @ 12:43 PM
My neighbour has a number of dogs; 2 Presa Cararias, a Doberman, a labrador, a small lap dog, etc.These roam free on his half-acre plot and are a nuisance to passers-by and neighbours.They bark very loudly from early morning (often starting at before 5am) for hours.If I go out in my garden they bark at me constantly.He also has a large number of birds which, while not a nuisance, are also noisy.I have spoken to the neighbour and all I get is excuses like, 'they just like company', etc.I have texted him when the problem is really bad and also sent him a formal letter, appealing for his help as the problem is affecting our sleep and peace.No response or action taken except the barking reduced for a few days, then back to 'normal'.I have spoken to the local council who were not very helpful and said I needed to keep a detailed diary for a month before they would consider doing anything.Other neighbours are fed up and walkers, cyclists and others are often intimidated by these large aggressive animals.The neighbour says the dogs are just 'softies' and are no danger but if one got out I really worry what it would do.The neighbour is out from early morning to late at night and away many weekends.The barking is destroying our sleep, making us tired and unwell.I don't want to get into a legal wrangle with a neighbour but I just don't know what to do next.Please can you advise.
Sunshine - 24-Aug-18 @ 8:21 AM
Caught my neighbour in my yard stealing my firewood, Went to the police station and they said I shouldn’t have waited but called the police straight away, I live on my own I’m frightened what they may do when I go out to the shops, or anywhere, they might posion my animals. What do I do please.
Maggie - 1-Aug-18 @ 1:15 PM
Sarny - Your Question:
My gas a electric is being stolen I've han no heating on for months as my meter is in the living room I smell gass on a rare. occasion I use a key that you get money on I changes supplier never been right since owed on my meter is up to about £51.00 I av never known this in my life so I can't afford heat my husband died it got worse gas a electric this flat is freezing my electric meter is outside my front door all the security tags and wires that secure the meter are gone tags are split the door on it as been broken I av found him many times looking to see what credit is on it I knocked alectric off and fuse box all off the meter was still going round I put £10onit went out all day came back £3.50 had gone all the fuses off no power in use at all in my flat it still goes round all I use is t.v fridge and a little light as my lights in my home none work I don't use cooker I found 16 wires in my atic going into next door my husband was in hospital I went to atic wires had gone out wall tied togeathet pushed under wall little aitic bunch wires going into his flat I no who it is the gas meter in living room I was told a pipe is going across through wall into his meter was I a safe place before we moved in it was in a larder in kitchen the larder was blocked off and meter in living room the ceiling in larder was removed why would that happen if nothing g is done I'll rip out both meters my self I av put in up to £35 in one week in only on £42 get why I can't do thanks

Our Response:
Please contact your electricity/Gas supplier and ask them about this. If you are renting, your landlord might also be able to help you.
ProblemNeighbours - 4-Apr-18 @ 11:48 AM
I just told you my electric and gas were being stolen there is other it looks like I'm paying for everyone's water in my block there is four flats when we moved in 3 months later got a bill for £2000 my mail is always open I did keep all tampered with mail I've had my mail put in were the letter is out the envelope others steamed open this includes medical mail bank stuff results to do with medical issues
Sarny - 1-Apr-18 @ 5:49 PM
My gas a electric is being stolen I've han no heating on for months as my meter is in the living room I smell gass on a rare. occasion I use a key that you get money on I changes supplier never been right since owed on my meter is up to about £51.00 I av never known this in my life so I can't afford heat my husband died it got worse gas a electric this flat is freezing my electric meter is outside my front door all the security tags and wires that secure the meter are gone tags are split the door on it as been broken I av found him many times looking to see what credit is on it I knocked alectric off and fuse box all off the meter was still going round I put £10onit went out all day came back £3.50 had gone all the fuses off no power in use at all in my flat it still goes round all I use is t.v fridge and a little light as my lights in my home none work I don't use cooker I found 16 wires in my atic going into next door my husband was in hospital I went to atic wires had gone out wall tied togeathet pushed under wall little aitic bunch wires going into his flat I no who it is the gas meter in living room I was told a pipe is going across through wall into his meter was I a safe place before we moved in it was in a larder in kitchen the larder was blocked off and meter in living room the ceiling in larder was removed why would that happen if nothing g is done I'll rip out both meters my self I av put in up to £35in one week in only on £42get why I can't dothanks
Sarny - 1-Apr-18 @ 5:31 PM
2016 I noticed post missing. I called police as I amsuspuvious of a neighbour. 5 arrived! Made all excuses!Nov. 2017 noticed I did not receive bank statements etc.also marks on my modern post box, so today I went to GET DETAILS FOR COLLECTING MYSELF.physco.behaviour.grrr.
Chez - 6-Jan-18 @ 12:50 AM
@red in having the exact same prob, the vibrating hum line a generator or tile cutter, sort of sound and pretty sure downstairs are siphoning my electric ??
Blondie - 13-Nov-17 @ 7:51 PM
My concerns are what are my nieghbours up to regarding electricity and Gas, 3 years on a nightly basis a heavy drone sets in with vibrations intruding my home I suffer sleep deprivation and feel vibrations like a deasel engine idling, I do notice a grey smog being emmited from their gas flue quite often, and they do run a power cable between their shed and home that powers a halogen heater and perhaps the radio which is often on..the nightly drone and vibrations have been picked up on environmental monitoring equipment my health has suffered greatly I can only discibe the vibrations which run through my mattress and body as hell I'm sure they have tampered with the utility supply. .
Red - 16-Oct-17 @ 9:08 PM
Neighbour cancelled my BT engineer appointments and then accused ME of trying to cancel her telephone line - I hadn't - but BT still suspected she was using my line.
Drained - 11-Sep-17 @ 5:07 PM
Drained - Your Question:
Water: while I was away, neighbour dug up my private drive, replacing it with bad paving, seems to have done something to the concealed water, waste and possibly gas pipes following their route up to the building. Now the water tastes bad which could be unhealthy, I don't know if it is being taken (it isn't metered) and the gas bills since seem larger than they should be. This neighbour has done similar things before. How could I prove it without destroying the building?

Our Response:
Ask the water to board to take a look (the can sometimes do this with special cameras etc). Private legal action for compensation against your neighbour for damage to your private property? Question your utility bills with the provider and mention that the neighbour may have interfered (though it's unlikely that they could have done this gas pipes to be honest)
ProblemNeighbours - 9-Aug-17 @ 12:49 PM
Water: while I was away, neighbour dug up my private drive, replacing it with bad paving, seems to have done something to the concealed water, waste and possibly gas pipes following their route up to the building.Now the water tastes bad which could be unhealthy, I don't know if it is being taken (it isn't metered) and the gas bills since seem larger than they should be.This neighbour has done similar things before.How could I prove it without destroying the building?
Drained - 7-Aug-17 @ 9:05 PM
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