Courageous acts in catching criminals
This is an edited version of Jyoti Pratibha’s My Say on FBC TV’s 4 The Record programme last night.
These are the heroes who are not Police officers, but go out of the way to assist victims of crimes. We saw a recent case in Sakoca where a student was being robbed of his mobile phone. His shouts for help were heard by residents who ran to his assistance.
Sadly, the thief chose to jump into a creek and in the process injured himself. But, the same good Samaritans called the cops and took the would-be thief to the hospital. This needs to be applauded. Also needing special mention is the courageous woman who took a video of a carjacking in Namadi Heights. Her video is now being used in evidence against those who allegedly robbed a taxi driver. This is how we – you and I – can assist our Police force. We have 35 Police stations and about 80 community posts around the country. But we have hundreds of thousands of households. If all of us, instead of just relying on Police officers, do our bit by being vigilant about our surroundings, it would make our communities a better and safer place. This in no way means that we attempt to apprehend armed criminals ourselves. No. But where possible, put your smart phones to smart use. Taking pictures or even videos without compromising your safety will go a long way when it comes to nailing the criminals for their crimes. Police Commissioner Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho has already spoken about the need to be vigilant. Be aware of new faces in your neighbourhood. Raise an alarm when you notice any suspicious activity and make a difference. A special mention is also needed for those mothers and elders who report crimes of a sexual nature involving their children. It takes courage to report a rape or sexual assault especially when the perpetrator is a family member. But, breaking the taboo and not shying away from reporting such cases, will ensure others in your family do not fall victims to the cowardly perpetrators. It is indeed sad that it is often those who we traditionally look to for protection within the family, stoop to the level and take advantage of the young ones. The safety of our family members to a large extent is in our hands. Be alert and do the right thing. Edited by Jonathan Bryce