A TOTAL of 8012 crimes were recorded in Fiji last year with the majority recorded in the Western, Northern and Southern divisions.
This was revealed by the Fiji Police Force at their fourth quarter parade at Nasova on Thursday.
Last year, 448 cases of rape and attempted rape were reported, with 264 indecent assaults and 101 defilement of young girls.
Also last year, the north recorded the highest number of murders with eight followed by the Western Division with seven.
Statistics released by the force show that cases of assault were reported in the West (1441 cases), South (1059), 611 in the East and 502 in the North.
Police Commissioner Brigadier General Ioane Naivalurua said offences such as rape, attempted rape, defilement and sexual offences continued to be of great concern throughout the four quarters of operations.
He said serious offences such as rape, which robbed women and children of their innocence, was an issue of morality which the police were ill-equipped to fight alone.
Brig-Gen Naivalurua said this was why steps have been taken to enlist the services of religious organisation and other stakeholders.
He said the end of January marked the end of the 2012 policing calendar, one that had been described as challenging in terms of the fight against crimes.