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Filipe Naigulevu
Friday, August 11, 2017

ABOUT 64 per cent of crimes committed during the January to June period of this year were generally committed by employed people.

Confirming this, Police Commissioner Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho said this proved the general notion of unemployment contributing to crime otherwise.

While presenting the preliminary crime statistics for the January to June 2017 period last week, Mr Qiliho said 4 per cent of the crimes during the first six months of the year were committed by tertiary students.

"The general idea behind things is that unemployment leads to crime but for the first six months of this year has proven something else," he said while speaking at the Fiji Business Forum in Suva last Saturday.

"The statistics for the first six months of this year shows totally the opposite to that."

According to recent statistics released by the Fiji Bureau of Statistics (FBOS), Fiji's unemployment rate declined to 5.5 per cent in 2015-2016, the lowest on record for the country over the past 15 years.

The 2015-2016 Employment and Unemployment Survey also showed that the country's unemployment rate had dropped from 7.1 per cent in 2010-2011.

The January to June 2017 crime statistics also revealed that the overall crime rate had decreased by 6 per cent as compared with the same period last year.

"We are six per cent better than we were the same time last year and we are working hard to making it much better towards the end of the year," he said.

"There are certain areas where crime has increased, one of them is burglaries and aggravated burglaries.

"And that's where it hurts most because when people break into homes, one its violated your safe areas and loss of sentimental value of belongings."

The recent crime data also revealed that crime committed against women had recorded 1455 cases, a decrease of 15 per cent when compared with the same period last year.

Crimes committed against children had also declined to 598 cases in the first six months of the year, as compared with 612 cases recorded in the same period last year, a decrease of 2 per cent.

Meanwhile, the detection rate stands at 69 per cent compared with 66 per cent recorded last year.

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