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July 14, 2014
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JPS, Crime Stop partner to deal with electricity theft

The Jamaica Public Service Company Limited (JPS) yesterday signed a partnership agreement with Crime Stop Jamaica, as part of the Company's ongoing efforts to deal with electricity theft.

With this new partnership, JPS will pay rewards of up to $100,000 for reports that lead to the successful discovery of illegal connections, the recovery of lost revenue and/or the arrest of persons responsible for the theft.

JPS' Senior VP for Energy Delivery Gary Barrow, explained that the partnership agreement with Crime Stop is aimed specifically at addressing electricity theft by businesses, as this group accounts for a significant percentage of the losses incurred by the JPS.

"We continue to explore every option to deal with this problem of theft, which is found right across the society - among both businesses and residential customers. Several business operators are among the over 500 persons who have been arrested since the start of the year for electricity theft," he said. "We anticipate that the partnership with Crime Stop will not only help us to catch those stealing, but will also act as a deterrent to others who may be contemplating electricity theft."

Crime Stop Jamaica's Chairman, Peter John Thwaites, indicated that Crime Stop provides the perfect medium for persons who wish to make reports anonymously.

Under the terms of the agreement, Crime Stop will facilitate calls from persons using the 311 number to report theft. Callers will be required to provide the name and address of the business stealing electricity, the name of the business owner, and the method of illegal abstraction being used by the business if this is known. Crime Stop will then pass on this information to JPS for investigation. JPS will include the police in these investigations, as needed. Rewards will be paid within two weeks after the investigation is closed.

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