No increase in crime during blackout - police

August 29, 2016
Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay

The police say there was no increase in criminal activities for the duration of the islandwide power outage experienced on Saturday by Jamaica Public Service (JPS) customers.

Speaking with our news team yesterday, Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay, communication director at Corporate Communications Unit (CCU), said that the police never had an increase.

"There was no increase in criminal activities," Lindsay told THE STAR.


Very cautious


During the outage, which occurred shortly after 6 p.m., the police advised members of the public to be very cautious and to drive carefully on the roads, especially when approaching major intersections.

Residents were also asked to stay inside their homes until electricity was restored, while additional police were deployed to provide assistance when needed.

THE STAR understands that electricity was restored to all customers late Saturday night and the power and lighting company will start supplying details on the cause of the blackout by today.

However, JPS says power was restored within minutes for some customers, but full restoration had to be done "gradually and systematically to ensure the safe return of service to everyone".

Preliminary indications are that the power failure was caused by what the JPS term as a procedural error that caused a number of its generating units to go offline simultaneously.

Energy Minister Dr Andrew Wheatley has said the incident is unacceptable and has asked JPS to provide a full report on the power blackout by Thursday.

"It should not have happened ... Processes should have been in place to prevent such a thing from happening," wrote Wheatley in a series of post on Twitter.


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