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JPS finds 350 illegal connections in Spanish Town communities

Monday, September 10, 2018

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Light and power provider Jamaica Public Service Compay Limited (JPS) reported yesterday that in its continued efforts to reduce electricity theft, it removed 350 throw-ups and one direct line tap in four Spanish Town communities last week.

The communities were Lakes Pen, St Jago Heights, Beacon Hill and Old Road.

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”.

JPS said it has discovered 7,300 instances of irregularities between January and August 7 this year, with audit results showing that the parishes of Kingston and St Andrew have the highest level of breaches — 1,430 — followed by St Catherine with 1,237.

The company says its successes to date have been a result of heavy investment in infrastructure, equipment and software, as well as the deployment of teams on the ground. Community intervention and audits of both commercial and residential customers — over 45,500 since the start of the year have also helped.

JPS is reminding households with illegal connections to contact the company via 888-CALLJPS or via its social media platforms @myjpsonline for more information on legalising their service.

“Persons should note that being caught with illegal connections may result in arrest, fines and/or imprisonment, and a subsequent criminal record,” JPS said.

“Persons may also be back-billed for up to six years if caught stealing electricity.”

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