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JPS tightens security measures

Published:Tuesday | May 13, 2008 | 12:29 PM

The Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) said it has taken steps to increase security at its substations following an incident in which a man was severely burnt after allegedly trying to steal copper wires from one of its substations.

The JPS said the man is still in hospital and another on the run following the failed attempt to steal high-tension wires from the Tredegar substation in St. Catherine on Saturday.

The man was admitted to the Spanish Town Hospital with severe burns to more than 35 percent of his body.

His accomplice, who is also suspected to have sustained burns, has not been seen since the incident.

Both men are reportedly from Spanish Town.

The JPS said Saturday’s incident was the second in which persons had attempted to trespass and do damage to the Company’s equipment at the Tredegar substation.

JPS is reminding members of the public that it is extremely dangerous to enter its substations, or tamper with any of its equipment.

The company said only trained professionals are allowed to work in the JPS facilities.