SUVA City recorded a significant drop in the number of crimes this year.
The latest statistics released by the Fiji Police Force Duavata Community Policing Program showed a major drop in major crimes such as rape, burglary, theft, assault and embezzlement/ larceny by servant.
In 2012 alone, Suva recorded 166 burglary cases which dropped significantly to 92 this year while 806 cases of theft recorded in 2012 dropped to 543 as of October.
The capital city recorded the highest number of embezzlement cases in 2012 — 60 — but this year alone recorded only one case. Rape and attempted rape cases dropped from 11 to four this year.
However, one bleak spot on an otherwise clean record saw the defilement of girls between 13 and 16 years old rise from one to nine cases.
Common assault recorded only nine cases this year compared to 14 the year before while cases of damaging property decreased from 94 to 61.
Theft of motor vehicle cases dropped from 14 to 10 while robbery cases dropped from 82 to 40.
Duavata Community Policing divisional manager Inspector Sanaila Biau said this drop in criminal activities was the result of commitment shown by the people.
"Crimes were committed by the people, affected people and could only be addressed by people in their capacity as members of our society," he said.
"This success was possible through the implementation of the Duavata initiative back in February.
"Since then people have been coming to us with reports of criminal activities and I commended members of the public for doing so to lessen crime in our society.
Inspector Biau said it's about time people took ownership and security and only then would we be able to see such a drastic drop in criminal activities.