North Korea is cracking down on electricity theft, punishing residents who tap into factory supply wires and the corrupt officials who sell them access. Rolling blackouts are common in the country, with some rural areas receiving only one hour of power each day. Employees at factories and government facilities make extra money by charging residents to connect their houses to the industrial wires. The government supplies different amounts of electricity depending on the location, with priority given to the capital Pyongyang and areas close to the border with China. Industrial electricity use in homes is common among government officials and the wealthy.