Clarendon man electrocuted by illegal connection

Friday, October 06, 2017

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Jamaica Public Service is reiterating its call to the public to desist from the unsafe practice of using illegal connections following the death of a 55-year-old man who was electrocuted by an illegal connection at his home in Denbigh, Clarendon on Tuesday.

In a news release today, the utility company urged members of the public to apply to JPS to ensure that they have safe, reliable, supply for their homes and businesses.

“Some 18 per cent of the total energy generated by JPS is lost through electricity theft across the island. The main parishes contributing to this occurrence are Kingston and St Andrew, St Catherine, Clarendon and St James,” JPS said, adding that electricity theft leads to poor power quality, outages and higher electricity prices.

JPS further explained that it has been carrying out several initiatives to fight against this occurrence, including meter audits, installation of smart technology, and operations to remove illegal connections in collaboration with members of the security forces, among others.

The company also noted that public education in a number of high theft communities has been carried.

Individuals are being reminded that they may call the JPS Customer Care Centre at 1-888-CALLJPS or 1-888-225-5577; or engage JPS on any of its social media platforms via @myjpsonlline for information on how to become regularised.

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