Mount Waverley, Australia — (METERING.COM) — April 23, 2012 – Victoria supplier Jemena Electricity Networks recently discovered that no fewer than 21 smart meters in its network have been sabotaged since late December 2011.
According to Jemena various liquids had been applied to the meters, resulting in their failure. Because of the amount and type of liquids the company became suspicious, and subjected them to independent chemical tests. As a result the case has been handed over the police for further investigation.
“The evidence confirms that this equipment is being deliberately damaged and that there was no failure of the smart meters themselves,” commented Paul Adams, managing director of Jemena.
Criticism has been leveled at the safety of smart meters in Victoria. Last year, following an incident of a woman receiving an electric shock after a meter was wrongly installed, Energy Safe Victoria undertook a safety audit of the program, but found no safety concerns with the meter installation procedure. Indeed, according to Energy Safe Victoria’s director of Energy Safety, Paul Fearon, in a recent statement, during the rollout of almost 1 million smart meters so far, more than 7,000 problems with wiring have been detected and corrected.