Fiji Time: 12:18 AM on Sunday 29 March

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Thefts on the rise

Shalveen Chand And Siteri Sauvakacolo
Friday, May 23, 2014

POLICE have recorded an increase in theft and burglary reports and have issued an advisory.

According to police spokesman Inspector Atunaisa Sokomuri, about five cases of property theft and burglary have been recorded per week, labelling it alarming.

He said the public could play their part by securing their properties and working with police.

He said recent cases showed a large variety of items were being stolen.

When questioned about the increase, Insp Sokomuri said in most cases, even the smallest items being stolen were reported.

He said there were also some people who had made crime a way of life.

"Yesterday (Wednesday), a school teacher's laptop and her handbag went missing from her table after school. She left her laptop and her bag on her table inside her classroom and went out for a brief moment," said Insp Sokomuri..

"She found the items missing on her return.

"Also yesterday (Wednesday) in Vakabalea, Navua, a 21-year-old farmer woke up and discovered his car had been broken into. Items removed from his car were worth $240.00.

"Also in Navua yesterday (Wednesday), a 30-year-old man discovered his washing machine missing in the morning. Also missing were clothes from the clothes line.

"Total value of the items taken was estimated to be around $775.00."

Insp Sokomuri urged the public to be cautious and secure their homes and to report suspicious behaviour to the police.

He said the police was doing its part by increasing patrols and being more actively involved with the community.





Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Fiji start Hong Kong 7s with comfy win
  2. NZ take first step to defending Hong Kong sevens title
  3. Record Hong Kong kicks off with a bang
  4. Medical error
  5. Province plans to visit sons, chief
  6. ITaukei inmates top numbers
  7. DJs in the city
  8. Dining hall brings sense of comfort
  9. Fijian model flies high in US
  10. Lions down Reds 18-17 in Super Rugby

Top Stories this Week

  1. Miracle baby Sunday (22 Mar)
  2. Rape on duty Wednesday (25 Mar)
  3. INQUIRY: Baby given wrong injection Friday (27 Mar)
  4. All hope gone Monday (23 Mar)
  5. 'No' to adopted child Monday (23 Mar)
  6. The man who was the champ Monday (23 Mar)
  7. Kepa clarifies position Tuesday (24 Mar)
  8. HK 7s risk Thursday (26 Mar)
  9. Fiji 7s inspires college in win Wednesday (25 Mar)
  10. Strong start Friday (27 Mar)