CHILDREN are victims of crime because parents fail to play their part in the care of their vulnerable young ones.
Acting Divisional Police Commander Northern, Acting Senior Superintendent of Police, Fulori Rainibogi made the comments following concerns raised on a person who was at large as police investigations continues.
Parents of Tuatua in Labasa raised their concerns regarding an offender who was taken in by police for questioning last year for allegedly producing pornographic movies.
ASP Rainibogi said the suspects who were dealt with by police would only be proven guilty by a court of law.
"In relation to the person in question, we are still continuing investigations and there has been no evidence to pin the person for the alleged crime and successfully begin a proper proceeding in court, therefore the person is still innocent," she said.
"However, it has come to our attention that children continue to associate themselves with the person and to hang around his house, drinking alcohol which is why we are saying that parents should take charge of their young ones.
"We cannot do anything to restrict children from accessing this person as he is free as any other person in the community and has every right to his freedom of movement," she said.
ASP Rainibogi said the fact that children were seen hanging about in public with the alleged suspect was a sign that parents were condoning the alleged acts done by the person.
She said parents should take full responsibility of their children.
"The person in question here does not go around to homes in the area asking children to join him.
"Instead it has come to our attention that children run to his home and these are things that parents should be monitoring. We admit that policing cannot be achieved by police alone. It is a community partnership where we all play our roles to ensure that our safety and security remains paramount," she said.