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QILIHO URGES COM­MU­NITY HELP TO SOLVE CRIMES OF HOME IN­VA­SIONS AND PUT AN END TO THIS

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Po­lice can­not work alone in solv­ing crimes and com­mu­nity in­put is vi­tal, says Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Bri­gadier-Gen­eral Si­tiven Qiliho. Bri­gadier-Gen­eral Qiliho’s com­ments come in light of an in­creased num­ber of home in­va­sion cases whereby oc­cu­pants of the homes have been phys­i­cally abused. The Po­lice Com­mis­sioner has called on peo­ple to be vig­i­lant and where pos­si­ble, in­form the Po­lice of un­fa­mil­iar faces in the com­mu­nity, which could pos­si­bly pre­vent crimes from hap­pen­ing. The re­cent spate of home in­va­sion has also prompted the Com­mis­sioner to look into the re­vival of com­mu­nity polic­ing as well. He said peo­ple needed to look out for their neigh­bours and to re­vive the neigh­bour­hood watch. “We can­not do this on our own. Peo­ple have to be se­cu­rity con­scious,” Bri­gadier-Gen­eral Qiliho said.

“Peo­ple tend to lodge re­ports af­ter a crime has been com­mit­ted, how­ever, if they are vig­i­lant and can re­port sus­pi­cious peo­ple and ac­tiv­i­ties when it hap­pens, crimes can be pre­vented.”

The Fiji Po­lice Force has in­creased man­power in the Western Divi­sion to look into the in­crease in crimes com­mit­ted there. Bri­gadier-Gen­eral Qiliho said home in­vaders’ modus operandi was to move around the coun­try and soon an­other area would be tar­geted. This, he said, can be pre­vented by peo­ple be­ing more aware of what was hap­pen­ing around them. He has called onto Fi­jians to be more proac­tive rather than re­ac­tive. The other is­sue that the Force is grap­pling with is the market for stolen goods. Bri­gadier-Gen­eral Qiliho said re­ceiv­ing stolen prop­er­ties was a crime and those found buy­ing or re­ceiv­ing stolen prop­er­ties would also be taken to task. In re­cent days, cases have been high­lighted in the Fiji Sun about home in­va­sions and cases where peo­ple have been robbed in broad day­light. Sushila Devi, 71, of Razak Road in Lau­toka was found dead in her house. A rob­bery gone wrong, which was be­ing in­ves­ti­gated by Po­lice. An­other case, where an Amer­i­can Fi­jian cou­ple, Prat­i­bha and Praveen Ma­haraj had their va­ca­tion to Fiji turn sour af­ter be­ing robbed by three men. The men robbed them of $10,000 worth of as­sorted items in­clud­ing phones, as­sorted jew­ellery, cash, their pass­ports and for­eign cur­rency. The men also took the key to their rental car.

They were get­ting into their ve­hi­cle at Kaba Street in Sam­ab­ula, Suva, when they were at­tacked.

Po­lice con­firmed that the sus­pects are still on run. A 43-year-old pas­tor Maciu Cere­wale of Vomo Street in Lau­toka, was stabbed three times by an in­truder and his ac­com­plice in­side his home af­ter he con­fronted them try­ing to rob a Ja­panese home­s­tayer in an­other room. A Na­sole cou­ple, In­dar Singh and

Shashi Lata, still trau­ma­tised six months af­ter masked bur­glars broke into their house.

The cou­ple has lost about $31,155 worth of jew­ellery, house­hold items, cash, as­sorted liquor, hand­bags and phones. Af­ter the ter­ri­fy­ing in­ci­dent the cou­ple went into de­pres­sion be­cause of the bru­tal im­pact it had on them and left them need­ing to change their scenery to help them re­cover. Last month Narhari Elec­tri­cal Com­pany Lim­ited gen­eral man­ager Jagdish Narsey Bhai was robbed out­side his house at Nayau Street, Sam­ab­ula. The three men drove away in his ve­hi­cle; an Or­ange Toy­ota RAV 4 reg­is­tered IE 258 which was found next day by the Po­lice. The three sus­pects are still on run.

They took his wal­let, credit cards, iden­ti­fi­ca­tion cards, and a bag con­tain­ing cash, mo­bile ac­ces­sories and a wa­ter bot­tle. A Ta­mavua cou­ple who are doc­tors by pro­fes­sion were robbed when the thieves jumped the fence and cut through thick steel be­fore en­ter­ing their home. Po­lice Spokesper­son Ana Naisoro said: “There has been a shift in crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity which is why we ask the peo­ple to take the nec­es­sary pre­cau­tions for their well­be­ing.

“Po­lice will con­tinue to mon­i­tor such trends and align op­er­a­tions ac­cord­ingly as more man­power has been de­ployed be­cause rise in the num­ber of home in­va­sions re­cently. “Any in­for­ma­tion that may seem in­signif­i­cant could po­ten­tially lead to pre­vent­ing a crime from be­ing com­mit­ted.”

Peo­ple tend to lodge re­ports af­ter a crime has been com­mit­ted, how­ever, if they are vig­i­lant and can re­port sus­pi­cious peo­ple and ac­tiv­i­ties when it hap­pens, crimes can be pre­vented.

Bri­gadier-Gen­eral Si­tiven Qiliho Po­lice Com­mis­sioner

The late Sushila Devi (right), her grand­niece Dak­sha (mid­dle), and a neigh­bour.

Jagdish Narsey Bhai shows he was at­tacked and where his ve­hi­cle (bot­tom), was stolen by three masked men.

Photo: Ron­ald Ku­mar In­dar Singh and his wife, Shashi Lata at their home in Na­sole.

Photo: Charles Cham­bers

Pas­tor Maciu Cere­wale’s sit­ting room (top flat right side), where the two in­trud­ers gained en­try from.

Photo: Sha­hani Mala

Rob­bery vic­tims Prat­i­bha Ma­haraj and hus­band, Praveen Ma­haraj.

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