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Continuous Crimes Leave Vatuwaqa Residents Fearful

He said in most cases the offenders were from the nearby informal settlements who used either the seaside or the mangroves to make their escape.
27 Feb 2021 10:44
Continuous Crimes Leave Vatuwaqa Residents Fearful
The Nacara Street shop which was attacked and robbed a few days ago.

A few Vatuwaqa residents claimed that they were living in fear because of the frequency of thefts and robberies taking place around the Suva suburb.

Nacara Street resident Suvneet Kumar said he had been a victim of thefts and this prompted him to move out of a flat which he had been renting.

“All of my clothes amounting to over $150 have been stolen from the line, and other items such as laundry items also stolen the second time around,” Mr Kumar said.

A few days ago, the Nacara Street shop was attacked in a daring daylight robbery.

Long time resident of the area, Deo Narayan, a retired Police officer, said in the past months, there have been burglaries and robberies in the area.

He said homes have been broken into and in certain cases there had been grab and run cases.

He said in most cases the offenders were from the nearby informal settlements who used either the seaside or the mangroves to make their escape.

“What we need is more Police patrol. We also want the Suva Point Police Post to be brought back,” he said.

“I, as a former Police officer, am saddened at the response time from the Police.”

Mahendra Singh, a resident of the area said it was getting scarier. He said he was of the opinion that the crime could be reduced if the informal settlements in the Vatuwaqa areas were removed.

Mr Narayan said it was common knowledge that crimes such as drug dealing, prostitution and robberies were happening in the settlements.

Police have called for more co-operation from communities to come up with a method of crime prevention.

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