Coura­geous acts in catch­ing crim­i­nals

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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

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