More upscale residents stealing electricity, says JPS

Friday, October 19, 2018

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THE Jamaica Public Service (JPS) reported yesterday more discoveries of theft of electricity in upscale communities.

“In the last few weeks, the company has uncovered theft at high-end residences in Seacrest, St Ann; Nampriel in Westmoreland; and Coral Gardens and West Gate Hills in St James,” a JPS release said yesterday.

The JPS said, too, that in the Corporate Area, instances of illegal connections have been unearthed in Barbican, Havendale and Jack's Hill.

“The perpetrators have been slapped with millions of dollars collectively in back billing,” said the light and power company.

At the same time, the company said there has been a noticeable increase in the use of sophisticated methodologies to abstract electricity, oftentimes accompanied by high levels of waste.

“In one instance, the team discovered three large air-conditioning units illegally connected to a meter bypass — all three units were on, although no one was home. The occupants in each of the cases discovered have cooperated with the investigations and JPS has ensured that the accounts have since been regularised.”

The JPS said it will continue to work to eliminate theft at all socio-economic levels, and urged persons who are not regularised to make contact with the company.

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