THE divisional police commander North, Senior Superintendent Fulori Rainibogi has refuted claims that the division recorded 78 sexual related offences so far this year.
Instead, she said only six cases had been reported so far compared to the total of five reported last year.
The 78 cases were revealed in statistics obtained by this newspaper.
In the stats, the division of Savusavu topped with 26 cases, followed by Labasa with 18 cases and Seaqaqa at 14.
Taveuni recorded 10 cases, Nabouwalu seven and Tukavesi three cases.
But SSP Rainibogi said she was not aware of the high number of cases saying only six cases were reported so far.
However, she said the six cases were still cause for alarm.
"Last year, the North recorded only five cases throughout the year but we have recorded six this year for the first three months only.
"That is quite an alarming rate to have five cases in 12 months and six in only the first three months of this year," SSP Rainabogi said
"So we are again, pleading with parents to continue to be with their children and know their whereabouts," she said.