LEC Renews Warning Against Power Theft

The Liberia Electricity Corporation is again calling on Liberians to help the entity in the fight against power theft.

The LEC in a release said despite repeated appeals to residents to report power theft or not to engage in the act, some unscrupulous elements in the society are bent on stealing electricity by by-pasing the meters or climbing the poles to steal and sell electricity.

This has contributed to damages to its transformers and other facilities as well as the number of power outages being experienced mainly in Monrovia and its environs.

The LEC’s appeal comes a day after a man, believed to be in his 20s was electrocuted on an LEC pole in New Kru town after he attempted to steal power in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The incident took place barely 24 hours after the company’s power theft crew had removed 42 meters from New Kru Town which had been tampered with by thieves.

The LEC says power theft accounts for 27 percent of revenue losses the company incurs monthly, which is hindering its efforts to expand electricity to various communities.

Meanwhile, the LEC has renewed its appeal to government to enact legislation that will protect public utilities especially electricity by taking stringent measures to curb the act.