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Community works to reduce crime rate

Maciu Malo
Friday, March 01, 2013

WITH a population of close to 4000 people and a theft rate of one per week, Namaka authorities are stepping up their campaign to reduce crime.

Yesterday, Namaka launched its crime free awareness campaign with the focus on the fight against sexual crimes and violence against women and children.

Namaka Police Station officer in charge ASP Petero Tuinirarama, said the theme of the roadshow was Zero Tolerance to Domestic Violence and to all Sexual-Related Offences.

"We partnered with groups like the Fiji Women's Crisis Centre, the Nadi Town Council and the National Fire Authority to spread the word against abuse, violence and sexual-related offences against women and children," said ASP Petero.

"We want to ensure people of Namaka are educated about these crimes and know that the police force will come down hard on offenders.

"We also want this to be more of an aggressive preventative campaign for the public, so that we as a community work on reducing these crimes."

ASP Petero said four units were dispersed to areas in Namaka where crimes were frequent.

"These areas are Matintar, Waqadra, Votualevu and Namaka's main area.

"These are our red zones, and the aim is to remove the red zone tag.

"Right now, the crime rate in these areas is that we would get about one case of theft each week and the main crime is larceny.

"These two offences are prevalent and we want to reduce that."

The campaign will be a weekly exercise for Namaka police.