Electricity theft is not a mere crime, which normally has to result in punishment of the thief. This can create a serious negative effect over other people. In many countries for instance electricity distribution losses which include commercial loss caused by theft are included in tariffs. So other honest consumers pay for the losses. In some countries, India, Brazil, South African Republic, etc losses reach such a high level, that electricity companies cannot get out of debt and do not have funds to invest into improvement of networks or building new networks thus connecting new consumers to electricity.