BE careful when leaving houses empty or when coming out for a night in town, says the police.
Director operations ACP Rusiate Tudravu said police had noted an increase in reports of house break-ins and mugging.
"Vacant houses have been targeted. So it's wise to alert your neighbours that you will not be home," he said.
"Police is doing its best to increase patrol. There is a no-leave policy currently in place. Everybody is working right through the Christmas holidays."
ACP Tudravu agreed that muggings were becoming a regular occurrence.
He said the offence was also committed in the city areas.
Nitin Lal, 25, a technician of Namadi Heights in Tamavaua, said he was mugged a fortnight ago.
"I came out of McDonalds, Suva after a meal. It was after midnight. Just between the front door and the taxi bay Sukuna Park, I was mugged," Mr Lal said.
"Two men grabbed me from behind and then just like a swarm, up to 10 boys appeared out of nowhere and started punching and kicking me, I knocked out. They took my wallet and phone."