The proliferation of smart meters and the usage monitoring tools they power is not only helping customers save money by giving them more control over their energy use, but could also inadvertently make it harder for property crimes to go unnoticed, notes David Lewis, an IT manager at Georgia's Tri-State EMC. Lewis recently described the experience of one Tri-State customer, who was able to determine when her home had been broken into for investigators by analyzing power usage at her house. According to Lewis, "the reason [her home] was using more electricity was they'd broken the sliding glass door, and the heat was coming on and off."

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