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Fiji Police records decreased criminal activities

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Update: 2:24PM THE Fiji Police Force recorded a 9 per cent decrease in overall crimes last year.

According to Police Commissioner Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho, a total of 18,153 cases were committed last year.

"This is a decrease of 9 per cent when compared to 19,998 cases recorded during the same period in 2016," Brig-Gen Qiliho said.

He said the decrease was attributed to a number of factors, including the increase in their efforts in engaging with the community through their community policing initiative.

"We're strengthening community policing, we launched a few operations last year rather than the way we used to be in previous years where we used to wait for the festive seasons.

"There were a number of covert operations where we launched to be able to gather more information, and at the same time, there has been great investment by Government in terms of mobility.

"We not only worked on our land mobility that has been greatly enhanced, we also managed to get our sea mobility going and Government provided a budget for that and we are working on getting our Police boat 'Dauveiqaravi' back into line."

Fact file:

- In 2016, Police recorded 3888 serious crimes; and 3777 recorded in 2017;

- In 2016, Police recorded 3133 crimes against women; and 2684 in 2017; and

- In 2016, Police recorded 1226 crimes against children; and 1077 in 2017.

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