CRIME can be effectively reduced if families are morally stable.
Officer-in-Charge of the Cakaudrove region Assistant Superintendent of Police Sakiusa Vunivesilevu told the Cakaudrove Provincial Council meeting that crime was escalating because family units within society failed to play their role in being a platform of moral values for children.
ASP Vunivesilevu said parents were failing in their roles as guardians and teachers of moral and ethical values.
"As we approach the festive season parents tend to be more occupied with occasions and events that happen during the period and turn their attention away from the security of their young ones," he said.
"Families are the fundamental unit of society that help children adapt to the changes that are being ushered in by development through this modern era.
"Most are shocked about changes that they encounter along their changing lives because parents fail to explain to their young ones the changes to expect in life both in the environment they live in, the physical changes that their bodies undergo and other changes in the later stages of their lives."