Sex crimes a major worry, political parties say

THREE political parties are in agreement that the crime rate in Fiji is worsening.

The National Federation Party (NFP), Fiji Labour Party (FLP) and Unity Fiji say they are worried about the regularity and the intensity of crimes, especially sexual crimes.

As we head towards the 2018 General Election, The Fiji Times asked the six registered political parties contesting the 2018 polls about their views on Fiji’s crime rate and what do they intend to do about it?

The Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA), FijiFirst and the Freedom Alliance Party did not respond to the question when this edition went to press last night.

Questions were sent to the parties via electronic mail (email) on Wednesday. NFP leader Professor Biman Prasad said despite the severity of sentencing by our courts, sexual offences were on the rise.

Prof Prasad claimed the crime rate was high despite police manpower being increased substantially since the coup.

“So there is no excuse for failing to regularly patrol or have police beat patrols (on foot) on our streets in residential areas every half an hour. This was certainly done before the 2006 coup.”