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.