A TOTAL of 1701 criminal offences were recorded in the Ba Province within the first five months of this year.
While speaking at the Ba Provincial Council meeting in Vuda yesterday, divisional police commander West Salacieli Naivilawasa said the increasing incidents of crime should compel all tikina heads to work together and educate the young.
He revealed a total of 289 offences were reported to the Nadi Police Station while 107 cases were being investigated by the Namaka Police Station.
"These crimes include rape, child abuse, violence against women, assault, burglary and theft," he said.
"At the Lautoka Police Station, 287 cases are being investigated, Tavua 30 and Vatukoula 20."
He also revealed that in Vitogo, a total of four rape cases were reported, Nailaga had two while one incident was reported in Nadi.
The council meeting continues today.