This rampant and illegal practice has also resulted in the power supply to many areas of the island being unreliable.
Because of this, the Jamaica Public Service company is constantly on the hunt to find ingenious ways to curb this form of theft.
According to a report by RJR News, the Jamaica Public Service (JPS) is testing a system it says will result in the reduction of millions of dollars in losses from electricity theft.
The system, implemented in a community in central Jamaica has resulted in electricity theft being reduced from 52-percent to less than 8-percent.
JPS Corporate Communications Officer, Audrey Williams, says the company will be expanding the technology, which is intelligence driven , to other areas.
Meanwhile, five persons who appeared in the Spanish Town Resident Magistrates’ Court on Thursday for electricity theft, pleaded guilty.
Two were fined J$100-thousand and J$60-thousand respectively. The others will return to court for trial.
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