Opinion

EDITORIAL :Stay Alert, Be Vigilant, Protect The Community

The increase in aggravated robberies and burglaries figures released by the Fiji Police Force over the past two months is alarming. And to forecast that the situation may get worse
02 Nov 2017 13:35
EDITORIAL :Stay Alert,  Be Vigilant, Protect The Community
Police Commissioner Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho

The increase in aggravated robberies and burglaries figures released by the Fiji Police Force over the past two months is alarming.

And to forecast that the situation may get worse in the coming days is worrying.

Therefore the urgent call for vigilance from our Police chief should be taken seriously.

Police have also noted that aggravated robberies and burglaries are being committed by opportunists.

For the month of September in the Southern division, there were 44 cases recorded by Police as being carried out by opportunists.

Another concern highlighted by the Police Commissioner was that persons involved in aggravated robberies and burglaries included those who were currently out on bail.

Collaboration among relevant stakeholders to address this issue is vital with a holistic approach in mind.

But ultimately, the onus is on us, the public, to ensure that we take all precautionary measures to avoid becoming the next aggravated robbery or burglary victim.

To assist us, Police have identified red spots where these incidences occur.

In Suva, some of these areas include:

Suva Bus Stand, Fiji Development Bank (FDB) Foreshore, Waimanu, Road, Victoria Parade Suva, High St Toorak, Central St Suva, Carnarvon St, Sukuna Park, Selbourne Street, Nabukalou Bridge and Cumming Street to name a few.

In the West, the areas include: Namaka, Westfield Road Votualevu, Waqadra, Kulukulu and Civil Aviation Authority of Fiji (CAAF) compound Namaka.

Here are some practical preventative tips:

Avoid carrying large sums of money and jewellery

Ensure your valuables are not kept and are visible in parked vehicles, especially at night;

Secure your property and inform your neighbour of your home being vacant; and

Share this information with the nearest command centres.

Call the numbers below if you notice any suspicious activities in your area.

SOUTHERN COMMAND 9905529

WESTERN COMMAND 9905457

EASTERN COMMAND 9905563

NORTHERN COMMAND 9905722

Let’s work together to keep Fiji safe.

Feedback:  rosi.doviverata@fijisun.com.fj



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