Kenya’s state-owned power utility, Kenya Power, has seen a 40% reduction in criminal activity against its assets due to increased crime prevention operations.

“Because of increased surveillance on the network, the Company recorded a 40% reduction in the number of vandalised transformers in the year ended 30th June, 2017 from 222 in the previous year to 133,” the utility said in a statement.

Kenya Power’s security services manager Maj. Geoffrey Kigen, said: “We will not relent on the war against these vices.”

Kenya Power equipment recovery

This week, the utility’s task team recovered twelve wooden poles, 1,800 metres of conductors and 360 metres of service cable.

The goods were found in the Kiplombe and Chembulet areas in Uasin Gishu County.

The operation was conducted jointly by the utility’s security and operations & maintenance teams (O&M) and the matter was reported to Naiberi police station.

A similar operation was carried out in the Coast region where an illegal line running below a high transmission line (HT line) was recovered at Kizingo area near Gede.

According to the utility, the task team recovered 1,600 metres of conductors, three service cables and three prepaid meters.

The utility has recently encountered fraudulent activity where impostors are demanding/soliciting money from customers.

 

Kigen explained: “We are aware of the challenge of vandalism and illegal power connections pose to our business even as we expand the network and increase our footprint across the country.

“We will sustain countrywide operations and heighten surveillance of our network installations.”

 

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