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March 6, 2014
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JPS continues to combat electricity theft

Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) is maintaining the fight against electricity theft with continuing operations across the island to reduce this scourge.

The company is reporting that since the start of the year, there have been 42 arrests for the illegal abstraction of electricity, with 12 summonses issued for perpetrators to appear in court.

Additionally, JPS teams have removed in excess of 26,000 'throw-ups', predominantly from Kingston and St Andrew, St Catherine, and St Elizabeth.

Seven of the arrests took place on February 26, in St Catherine, arising out of operations conducted in Bog Walk, Goulbourne Lane, and Commodore. Also, anti-theft operations in the St James communities of Norwood, Norwood Gardens, Farm Heights and Porto Bello, resulted in six arrests.

Still in St James, an extensive two-day operation last month in Flankers, saw 13 arrests for the illegal abstraction of electricity. The crews also found a high rate of theft from street lights. Of the 62 street lights investigated during the operation, 48 were found to have been breached by illegal connections - which in turn resulted in malfunctioning streetlights.

Persons wishing to report theft may send a text message to 292-7483 (CYA RITE), or send an email to: stoptheft@jpsco.com. Last year, 1,246 persons were arrested for the theft of electricity.

JPS is appealing to persons who are not yet regularised to go to the nearest customer service office to make arrangements to do so, as the company remains eager to work with persons to arrive at solutions to meet their energy needs.

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