Crime & Court

Crime Spree Worry

Police confirmed reports of three robberies in Nadi. Quick action led to the arrests of people involved at the robbery at Vision Motors in Nadi.
04 Feb 2021 17:01
Crime Spree Worry
Chief of Operations Assistant Commissioner of Police Abdul Khan. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Residents in Suva, Nadi and Lautoka suburbs claim that a crime spree is happening in their areas, given the frequency of burglaries, thefts and robberies. In Suva, residents of Nacara Street in Vatuwaqa said there had been an increase in burglaries and robberies.

Surveillance cameras in a Nadi suburb have caught footage of young people breaking into homes and cars to steal valuables.

Police confirmed reports of three robberies in Nadi. Quick action led to the arrests of people involved at the robbery at Vision Motors in Nadi.

Police Chief Operations Officer Assistant Commissioner of Police Abdul Khan said statistics show a decrease in the crime rate.

But he said that smaller thefts and burglaries were perhaps not reported. He said these need to be reported and urged the community to share footage of such acts with the Police so people could be held accountable for their actions.

Last week, Police held a community policing symposium to find ways to work with the community and prevent crimes as much as possible.

Suva 

Vatuwaqa resident Deo Narayan said last week three homes in Nacara Street were targeted and an elderly woman was robbed.

He said the thieves came from the seaside using the cemetery. According to Mr Narayan, crime happened during curfew hours as well.

He urged Police to increase the frequency of their patrols in the area as three of the biggest informal settlements in the nation are located in Vatuwaqa.

Nadi 

Residents of Savunawai Stage 1 Housing in Votualevu in Nadi are concerned. With most homes having surveillance cameras these acts are caught on camera.

Ogina Lata of Matavolivoli said it seemed thieves knew how to hide from the Police and the community.

“Most of the land in the new subdivision is still vacant and there are long grasses and bushes where these boys would go and hide,” she said.

Another resident, Ronesh Chand said he had footage of young men trying to break into a car window.

Ritesh Sharma of Savunawai said the criminal activities took place in curfew hours.

In Martintar, a mini mart was robbed for a third time.

Owner Avijit Chowdhury said there were three cameras in the shop, but the thieves had cut down two, though they were not able to locate the third camera.

He said $10,000 cash was stolen with other items.

Police spokesperson, Ana Naisoro said a report was received on Monday that two masked men who were allegedly armed, stormed into the shop and threatened the salesman and stole liquor, cigarettes and other assorted items.

Smoke House BBQ owner Joanne Angco said the same robbers came into her shop and took $600 cash from the till.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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