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JPS Discovers Heated Indoor Swimming Pool Down Town – Illegally Connected

JPS Discovers Downtown Business Place with Heated Swimming Pool and Hot Tub Bypassing Meter

  • Business Owner Arrested                                                                                                              

JPS is reporting that as it continues to ramp up its fight against electricity theft, it has been able to detect a number of hidden irregularities. This includes the recent discovery of an illegally connected heated swimming pool and hot tub at a location used as a business and residence, in Downtown, Kingston. One arrest was made. The discovery was made during an operation by JPS crews in the Lower Barry Street, Laws Street, Georges Lane and Rum Lane areas.  Several other illegal connections were also removed.

JPS has been fighting the scourge of electricity theft, not only by carrying out operations in high theft areas, but also with the increased use of analytics, on-the-ground intelligence, random sampling, and meter auditing.

The Company has found that persons have attempted to have some electrical appliances or other items such as swimming pools, bypass the meter, to avoid paying the correct energy consumption cost.  Such customers have been caught stealing as much as up to 60% of their consumption.  It has been found however, that these customers tend not to steal above this level, in an effort to appear to have a legitimate electricity bill.

The illegal abstraction of electricity, continues to be detected at all socio-economic levels.  Besides the recent finding in the business place in Downtown, Kingston, instances of electricity theft have also been found in communities on the other end of the spectrum such as Manor Park, Cherry Gardens and Meadowbrook, among other areas.

Persons wishing to report electricity theft may call the Customer Care Centre at 1888-CALL JPS or 1888-225-5577 or email