Crime & Court

Police Delays Claimed, Now They’re Investigated

Ashneel Singh claimed that there was an attempted break-in at his property at Ratu Dovi Road in Laucala Beach at around 7pm on that day.
10 Apr 2021 11:03
Police Delays Claimed, Now They’re Investigated

The Fiji Police Force will look into claims by a Laucala Beach resident as to why phone calls at Valelevu Police Station were not answered on Thursday evening.

Ashneel Singh claimed that there was an attempted break-in at his property at Ratu Dovi Road in Laucala Beach at around 7pm on that day.

He said his tenant, who was renting the property, made several calls to the Police Station for about seven minutes but there was no response.

He claims the burglars bent a few grills, including the front door.

“They only ran off when a tenant in the third flat switched on the lights,” he said.

“My tenants were lucky that the attempt did not eventuate into an actual burglary.

“It is worrying that the Police are not answering the calls. What if it was someone else with an emergency much more serious in nature?

“The calls were made to the Vodafone Directory Service and the first call was to Nabua Police Station where we were told that Laucala Beach was not in their jurisdiction and we should call Valelevu.

“The officer in Nabua patched the call through to Valelevu but no one answered the call.”

The call log showed that there were four more attempts to contact the Valelevu Police Station through the Vodafone Directory Service, but no one answered the phone.

“Any call to a Police station should be treated with the same urgency as an emergency.”

Police spokesperson Savaira Tabua said they would investigate the matter.

Meanwhile, in an earlier statement, Police chief operations officer Assistant Commissioner of Police Abdul Khan said that with the current system when phone calls come in, the command centre looks for the closest vehicle in the vicinity and dispatches it to the scene. He said it did not matter which station the vehicle was from.

Edited by Selita Rabuku

Feedback: shalveen.chand@fijisun.com.fj



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