The US Virgin Islands, made up of over 50 small islands and four larger populated islands in the Caribbean, with some 119,000 residents, has unrolled a programme to reduce the theft of power and water. WAPA, the power and water authority, is recalibrating and resealing electricity meters in an effort to identify tamperers more easily.
Fines for meter tampering have also been increased. A first offender will pay between US$1,000 and $5000, and repeat offenders will be fined between $3,000 and $10,000. WAPA also plans to institute criminal charges against tamperers, but says it will only introduce this option once it has rolled out a public information campaign.