POLICE are warning residents in the Western Division to be vigilant after a spate of aggravated robberies over the past few days.
And residents are being warned against keeping large sums of money at home in light of the recent events. The warnings came after an elderly couple were injured when they were attacked and robbed at their Naisoso, Nadi home earlier this week.
Police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro said four masked men stormed the home of an elderly businessman and his wife and removed $F400, $A2400 ($F4356) and $NZ30 ($F41) in cash, and valuables.
"The couple received minor injuries and we are warning people in Nadi and Lautoka to be especially careful in light of this and similar events recently," she said.
On Wednesday $20,200 in cash and jewellery valued at $30,000 were stolen from a 70-year-old woman in Nadi early in the morning.
Police director Operations Senior Superintendant Rusiate Tuidravu said authorities were concerned as victims of the aggravated robberies were those suspected to be keeping large sums of cash at their homes.
"As such officers have been directed to increase their tempo of operations in red spot areas.This is especially so near as we near the weekend, as most are in the habit of carrying large sums of money due to the closure of banks. Our officers stand ready to assist in providing security in terms of escorts if the need arises," he said.
The force is also advising homeowners to ensure their homes are secured at all times and to keep a watch on suspicious activities within the area.