Darkness: 525 streetlights stolen since January

May 05, 2021

The Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) is reporting that some 525 streetlights have been stolen across the island since the start of 2021.

The company said the highest incidences of theft occur in Portmore, Linstead and Guy’s Hill in St Catherine; Port Maria, St Mary; Ocho Rios, St Ann and Montego Bay, St James.

"Even the newly constructed Chesterfield Drive extension road in Kingston, which was built as an alternative route to bypass Three Miles and a section of Spanish Town Road during recent road-improvement works, has had a significant number of its streetlights and electrical wires stripped by thieves," the company said in a statement.

JPS says it has reached the milestone of having approximately 80 per cent of Jamaica’s streetlights being smart LEDs. It says as the Company continues with these upgrades and with repairing defective lights, thieves are reducing the benefits customers should experience.

“Well lit public areas are important for us as a society. The increased public lighting helps with matters of security, vehicular and pedestrian transportation, and nightlife activities, when we are again able. Streetlight theft affects not just JPS but our customers and we encourage persons to report to JPS and or the police any known perpetrators,” stated Blaine Jarrett, JPS’ senior vice president, energy delivery.

JPS is also advising the public to beware of persons carrying out streetlight repair scams.

The company says no money should be given to persons promising to fix defective streetlights.

"At no time will JPS be asking individuals to collect money on their behalf. This scam has been detected in Plantation Village, St Ann and the Company is carrying out investigations," the statement read.

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