The Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) is reporting that it has encountered several challenges in keeping street lights operational due to a series of events involving criminals.
These include the theft of lamps, the destruction of streetlights; electricity theft and the subsequent loss of lights as well as transformers.
Street lights were never designed for providing electricity to power houses, "and so they will become burnt as well as the corresponding transformers sometimes," according to Audrey Williams, Media and Public Relations Manager at JPS.
The JPS has also found that there are communities in which persons have deliberately knocked out, shot, or otherwise destroyed the lamps.
The JPS is reporting that over the ten months, January to October this year, it repaired 16,277 streetlights island-wide.
In addition, it says 35,000 streetlights will be upgraded by the end of the year to smart LED lights which are more energy efficient and have a longer service life.
The upgrading programme will eventually cover all 105,000 streetlights that the company owns across the island.