What is Cable Theft?
Cable theft is the illegal interception of cable programming services without the express authorization of, or payment to, a cable company.
Theft of cable means poorer picture quality, increased service failure, and higher service fees for paying customers due to increased maintenance costs.
There are two types of cable theft, passive and active. Passive theft occurs when a consumer receives services due to faulty cable operator procedures. Active theft occurs when someone knowingly and willfully makes an illegal physical connection to the cable system and/or attaches or tampers with equipment to allow the receipt of unauthorized services. Active theft can occur at both a consumer or commercial level.