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Electricity theft increases in upscale communities — JPS

Thursday, October 18, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Jamaica Public Service (JPS) is reporting an uptick in instances of electricity theft among residents in upscale communities across several parishes.

According to the electricity supply company, it has uncovered theft at high-end residences in Seacrest, St Ann; Nampriel in Westmoreland, Coral Gardens and West Gate Hills in St James, as well as Barbican, Havendale and Jack's Hill in the Corporate Area.

JPS, in a release this afternoon, said that the perpetrators have been slapped with millions of dollars, collectively, in back billing.

Meanwhile the company reported that there has been a noticeable increase in the use of sophisticated methodologies to abstract electricity, oftentimes accompanied by high levels of waste.

In such one instance, the JPS said it discovered three large air conditioning units illegally connected to a meter bypass— all three units were on, although no one was home.

JPS said the occupants in each of the cases discovered have cooperated with the investigations and it has ensured that the accounts have since been regularised.

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