PRESIDENT of the Jamaica Public Service (JPS), Kelly Tomblin, says the company has all but ran out of options on how to clamp down on electricity theft, which has amounted to US$32 million since January. Tomblin, who was guest speaker at the Jamaica Observer Monday Exchange, said despite their best efforts the company has barely scratched the surface of the problem as an increasing number of individuals are stealing electricity from the company's network. Yesterday, the Observer solicited the views of members of the public on the situation. (Photos: Garfield Robinson)
Claire Henry, accounting clerk
There must be a way to deal this problem. JPS needs to go back to the drawing board to solve this problem.
Odari Cameron, bus operator
Dem cannot just get up, tell us that, and expect us to take this explanation; they have to find a way.
Devon Hutchinson, self-employed
I think this is a very unprofessional comment. They cannot expect customers to just accept this. They are being paid to find solutions.
Michael Reid, self-employed
That is unacceptable. They have to find a solution as this is pressuring the customers.
Natalie Leslie, executive assistant
That (response from JPS) is just not professional. At the end of the day, the [paying] customers will have to foot the bill. This, therefore, means they have to find solution.
Dianne Tomlinson, financial advisor — Sagicor
I think this is frightening. They are the only electricity provider and they are going to tell us that you do not have a clue. The problem they are having is an age-old one.
Randy McLean, senior branch manager — Sagicor
I think they should have some town hall meetings and discussions with residents to get comments and possible solutions on how this problem should be addressed.