The Jamaica Public Service Company (JPSCo) is reporting that as of Friday November 25, 645 individuals have been arrested by members of the security forces, for the unlawful abstraction of electrical energy for 2015.
The arrests included both residential and industrial prospects. Additionally, 598 summonses to appear in court were issued.
The Company has additionally eliminated 157,952 ‘throw-ups’ or illegal connections from the network, islandwide.
JPS has been working to scale back the unlawful utilization of electricity through a variety of means including operations to tear down illegal wires, meter audits and the set up of the Residential Advanced Metering Infrastructure (RAMI) in some communities.
The Company has also been utilizing know-how to more specifically identify perpetrators of electrical energy theft.
Senior VP, Energy Delivery, Gary Barrow explains, “We are now proving that the increased use of technology alongside socio-economic measures is a more sustainable approach. We have been able to use software to target illicit usage, right down to the street and even house level. With early successes in this application, we intend to roll out the use of this tool, in a widespread fashion come 2016.”