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JPS using Crime Stop to tackle electricity theft

Monday, July 14, 2014    

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THE Jamaica Public Service Company Limited (JPS) recently signed a partnership agreement with Crime Stop Jamaica, as part of the company's ongoing efforts to deal with the crime of 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 vice President for Energy Delivery Gary Barrow explained, in a media release, 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 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.

Barrow said the company anticipates that the partnership with Crime Stop will not only help 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 said the entity provides the perfect medium for persons who wish to make reports anonymously. "Crime Stop has a solid track record of helping to solve crimes -- mainly because of the anonymous cover we provide. There are members of the public who want to help, not so much for the reward but because they want to help reduce crime in Jamaica," he explained.

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, who will then include the police in these investigations, as needed. Rewards, JPS said, will be paid within two weeks after the investigation is closed.

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