UNEMPLOYMENT and poverty are among other contributing factors to crime says Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum
Speaking at the closing of the Duavata Northern Crime Prevention Carnival in Labasa on Saturday night Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said some people resorted to criminal activities because they were deprived of better opportunities and decent lives as a result of such factors.
"Crime is a reality in any country and if there is poverty, less education and unemployment, the rate of crime is expected to increase," he said.
"This is because people need money, jobs and better opportunities to survive and if they don't have this, they can resort to crime.
"We must look at the broader socioeconomic condition of the country and if these issues are rapidly increasing, we will also expect crime to increase.
"This is why the Bainimarama government has worked extremely hard for the past six years to ensure that everyone is given the opportunity to live life to the fullest."
Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said while the Duavata initiative was a wonderful opportunity to bring the people together irrespective of the location, it also created a sense of community engagement.
"If we have a strong family, nation and police unit, we will all benefit from the initiative."
The carnival was sponsored by Pinto Industries Limited and Digicel Fiji.