Sun | Dec 17, 2017

One arrested for stealing electricity to heat indoor pool, tub downtown Kingston

Published:Wednesday | October 25, 2017 | 4:31 PM

The Jamaica Public Service (JPS) is reporting that one person has been arrested for electricity theft after it was found that an illegal connection was being used to heat an indoor swimming pool and hot tub at a business and residence in downtown Kingston.

The JPS says during a recent operation in areas such as Laws and Lower Barry streets, Georges and Rum lanes, several other illegal connections were removed.

According to the light and power company, it has been uncovering electricity theft though targeted operations, increased use of analytics and meter auditing.

The JPS says it has found that persons have been attempting to bypass their meters for electrical appliances and swimming pools to avoid paying the correct energy consumption cost. 

"Such customers have been caught stealing as much as up to 60 per cent of their consumption.  It has been found however, that these customers tend not to steal above this level, in an effort to appear to have a legitimate electricity bill," a JPS spokesperson said in a release.

The JPS says electricity theft is being detected in affluent communities like Manor Park, Cherry Gardens and Meadowbrook, St Andrew as well as areas in the lower socio-economic zones.

REPORT ELECTRICITY THEFT:
1888-CALL JPS
1888-225-5577
Email: calljps@jpsco.com

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