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Trend worries police

Jone Kalouniviti
Wednesday, February 19, 2014

THE Western Division recorded the highest incidence of crimes against women and children last year.

And the police expressed concern at the nature of the crimes, saying the community policing unit would have to review strategies used in addressing this issue.

Police spokesman Inspector Atunaisa Sokomuri said crimes against women and children knew no boundaries and affected all sectors of the community.

"The reports have come from within the church, the classrooms, and within homes from squatter settlements to the middle and high class in society," he said.

"Our community policing unit are faced with the challenge of trying to pinpoint the causes because we cannot say anymore that such crimes are a result of social standings."

Last year's statistics reveal the West recorded 110 rape and attempted rape cases, 54 indecent assaults and 42 defilement of girls between the ages of 13 and 16 years of age.

All categories of the crime were the highest when compared to other regions in the country.

This year has seen a marked drop for the months of January and February with only three reported cases compared to 15 for the same period last year.

However, during this time, the defilement of young girls between 13 and 16 years increased from three to 33.


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