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Village fights crime

Serafina Silaitoga
Monday, January 13, 2014

A CRIME committee which was set up four years ago in Naboutini Village, Cakaudrove, has proved itself a worthy investment as the village has not recorded any major crime incidences since its establishment.

And according to committee chairman Iliesa Seru this was because committee members had taken a proactive role in the fight against crime.

As part of the program, the committee pays weekly visits to village families where they preach the importance of fighting crime.

"We meet first as a committee and discuss any reports of crime that come our way," Mr Seru explained.

"But so far there have been no reports and we are happy that the villagers are abiding by the law."

He said the task was not an easy one given the different people and their varying backgrounds.

"It's not easy dealing with the villagers considering their different age group and background but we have managed to fight crime so far.

"If other minor issues are brought to our attention then we deal with it and these are issues like making noise in the village.

"But violence against children and women will not be dealt with in the village but we will refer it to police and the villagers know that.

"It's important to look after our women and children and that is the priority of the committee."

Mr Seru said the committee members also did evening patrols in the village.

"At night we do our rounds and check on the children making sure they are all inside their homes by 8pm with an adult," he said.

"Children are not allowed to be left alone at home and when we always make sure that an adult is with them at all times."