WHITE-COLLAR crimes such as fraud are on the rise.
This was revealed by police spokesman Inspector Atunaisa Sokomuri yesterday in light of views of some political parties that crimes in the country were on the rise.
Insp Sokomuri said petty crimes such as pick-pocketing and minor robberies and assaults were also on the rise.
"We have no control over these crimes," he said.
Insp Sokomuri said on the contrary, however, crimes which appeared to be on the decline included violent robberies, home invasions and murder.
"This is because of the awareness programs that we continue to conduct in communities," he said.
Insp Sokomuri said the Duavata Crime Prevention initiative was having an impact in society.
"We have taken crime prevention to the communities. We train people prevent crimes from happening or take appropriate action during a crime.
"People are now protecting their own area. They have taken ownership of their own security."
Insp Sokomuri said through awareness, crimes that could potentially have been major, have been contained and those involved were severely dealt with.
He said while petty crimes were on the rise, the force continued to carry out awareness in the media.
"It is important that people take extra care while in town or shops. Being careful will mitigate such crimes."
He also called on members of the public to continue working with the police.