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Theft tops list

Shalveen Chand
Thursday, February 20, 2014

THEFT and burglary are the most prevalent crimes attended by police so far this year.

But police are also mindful that some crimes such as drug peddling are going unreported, and they're calling on the community for support to tackle this social ill.

Acting police commissioner Ravi Narayan said of the 1444 reports so far, 172 were property crimes while theft remained the most recorded at 482 cases.

Mr Narayan said theft represented 34 per cent of crime reported so far.

He added that 381 cases — or 26 per cent — were cases of assault which resulted in physical injury.

He said 374 offences against morality, which include rape and sexual assault, had been reported.

On the brighter side, Mr Narayan said of the 1444 cases reported so far, 976 — or 68 per cent — had been forwarded for prosecution.

He said crime clearance efficiency would increase as police were following up cases that remained undetected.

"While the statistics remain low, especially in crime solution, the police are doing their best to reduce crimes through visibility and by regularly patrolling cities and towns and crime prone areas," said Mr Narayan.

"The Fiji Police Force is seeking the assistance of city and town councils and private institutions to provide closed circuit television — CCTV — cameras to help prevent crime.

"We are also seeking community assistance against drugs, gambling, illegal sale of liquor and neutralisation of wanted persons and receivers of stolen properties.

"The police have also started profiling arrested persons to establish the modes of operation of these criminals."

Mr Narayan said they had not been vigilant enough in pursuing violators of the CopyRight Act and that their resources had been stretched as they dealt with other matters.

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