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Decrease in crimes against women, children

Aqela Susu
Thursday, February 01, 2018

THE Fiji Police Force recorded a decrease of 14 per cent and 12 per cent in crimes against women and crimes against children respectively last year.

This was part of the institution's achievements in reducing overall crimes in the country by 9 per cent last year.

A total of 2684 cases of crime against women were recorded by police last year, compared with 3133 cases in 2016, while 1077 cases of crimes against children were reported to police in 2017, compared with 1226 in 2016.

The Southern Division recorded a 19 per cent decrease in crimes against women and girls, the Western Division recorded a 10 per cent decrease while the Eastern and Northern divisions both recorded a 14 per cent decrease in this respect.

In crimes against children, the Eastern Division recorded a decrease by 19 per cent, while the Southern Division recorded a 15 per cent decrease.

The Northern Division registered a decrease of 10 per cent while the Western Division recorded an 8 per cent decrease.

"It was noted that the most common types of physical and sexual abuse that women were victims of were assault causing actual bodily harm, common assault, criminal intimidation, rape and attempted rape," police director planning Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Aporosa Lutunauga said.

"The most common types of physical and sexual abuse that children were victims of were assault causing actual bodily harm, criminal intimidation, unlawful wounding, rape and attempted rape.

"Statistics also indicated that female children were more likely to be targets of sexual crimes and male children were more likely to be victims of physical abuse."

Police Commissioner Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho said the overall decrease in crime last year was attributed to a number of factors, such as their efforts in engaging with the community more through their community policing initiative.

Police also recorded a decrease of 3 per cent for serious crimes last year and a 31 per cent decrease in complaints and disciplinary offences against disciplined service officers.

A total of 18,153 crime cases were committed in 2017, compared with 19,998 crime cases committed in 2016. This resulted in a 9 per cent decrease.

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