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Editorial: Time To Catch Thieves Together Fiji

Editorial: Time To Catch Thieves Together Fiji
Nagigi Naag Temple manager Dhiren Chand showing how the money box in Labasa was damaged on October 20. Photo:Shratika Singh
October 23
13:33 2017

Disgrace is the apt word to describe the thievery  going on in our country today. Big or small, the act deserves harsh penalty. Citizens are getting sick and tired of having their personal property getting broken into – cars and homes alike.

In Labasa last week, a temple manager was outraged at the injustice displayed by some inconsiderate and disrespectful people. $15,000 was stolen from the temple money box.

Recent break-ins into homes, temples, cars and shops in Fiji are now a daily occurrence.

Look at the weekly Crime Stoppers Wanted list, close to thirty people is wanted by Police for theft.

It’s a sad state for our nation.

Just a few days ago a close friend residing in Narere highlighted how his home was broken into and valuable items worth $3,000 were stolen.

He alleged that they must have been put to sleep by some kind of spray.

This was apparently reported to the police.

A similar case occurred a month ago in Rarama Makoi when items including a laptop and bluetooth speaker were stolen. This was not the first time their home was broken into. An alleged suspect was questioned however items were not found.

Areas like Namadi heights have also reported increased incidences of break-ins.

Often our first reaction is to ask: What is the Police doing about these burglaries? But tackling this issue is not only the duty of the Police force but the community at large. Imagine what an entire community can do if they start working together and keep a look out for each other.

Let’s keep our ears and eyes open when we notice something suspicious?

It’s time that we work together and catch these culprits. It’s time that we start teaching these thieves that enough is enough. Together we can.


Don’t condemn, step out of taboo and talk

Are we to feel sorry for the Year 9 girl who was involved in an alleged sex act captured on video and subsequently posted on social media? A close friend asked.

Well condemning her will not help anyone, nor help young people understand the consequences of such an act.

If comments posted on social media are anything to go by, it again shows the sad state of our moral compass.

Many condemned the young girl. Others took the higher moral ground and offered sound advise – to learn from her mistake and move on with life.

Support from parents, family and friends will be crucial at this time – those who are ready to motivate and encourage her.

The Ministry of Women and the Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre has called on parents to be more vigilant.

Parent need to spend time with their children and foster an environment of trust and acceptance.

Talk to your children and you will be surprised with the number of questions they have.

AGAIN step out of the ‘taboo’ zone and talk about sex openly with your children.

LOSIRENE LACANIVALU

Feedback:  losirene.lacanivalu@fijisun.com.fj

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