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JPS removes 350 'throw-ups' in Spanish Town area

Monday, September 10, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Jamaica Public Service (JPS) is reporting that they removed 350 throw-ups and one direct line tap in the Spanish Town, St Catherine area, during the company's latest effort in its fight against electricity theft.

According to the JPS, a team last week conducted an operation in communities in the Spanish Town area (Lakes Pen, St Jago Heights, Beacon Hill and Old Road) where they removed the intrusions on their system.

JPS President & CEO, Emanuel DaRosa, who was present on the operation, noted that “our teams continue to work assiduously to ensure that we do all that we can to reduce electricity theft across the island,” the JPS said in a release.

The JPS said that since the start of the year to August 7, it has discovered 7,300 instances of irregularities. Audit results show that the parish of Kingston and St Andrew had the highest level of breaches, with 1,430 irregularities discovered followed by St Catherine, with 1,237 irregularities.

The electricity distribution company cautioned that people should note that being caught with illegal connections may result in arrest, fines and/or imprisonment, and a subsequent criminal record. People may also be back-billed for up to six years if caught stealing electricity, the JPS warned.

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