Illegal Electrical Connection Causes Loss of Life in Clarendon
JPS is reporting that a 55-year-old male resident of Denbigh, Clarendon lost his life on Tuesday (October 3), when he was electrocuted by an illegal connection at his home. In the face of this tragedy, JPS is once again appealing to all persons to desist from the unsafe practice of using illegal connections, which can result in loss of life and property. The Company reminds members of the public that they should apply to JPS to ensure that they have safe, reliable, supply for their homes and businesses.
Some 18% 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. Electricity theft leads to poor power quality, outages and higher electricity prices.
The Company 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 has also been carrying out public education in a number of high theft communities.
Persons 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 regularized.