Drop in se­ri­ous crimes

Fiji Sun - - NATION - ROSI DOVIVERATA Edited by Ivamere Nataro

The Fiji Po­lice Force recorded a de­crease in the num­ber of se­ri­ous crime cases for the month of April, 2020. Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Bri­gadier-Gen­eral Si­tiveni Qil­iho said this was a de­crease of 48 per cent when com­pared to the same pe­riod last year. There were 146 cases re­ported last month com­pared to 282 for the 2019 pe­riod. Se­ri­ous crime in­cludes rape, at­tempted rape, de­file­ment, mur­der, ag­gra­vated rob­bery, bur­glary, ar­son, and theft of a mo­tor ve­hi­cle.

For crime against women, Bri­gadier-Gen­eral Qil­iho said they recorded a de­crease of 13 per cent.

April 2020 recorded 217 re­ports while there were 250 cases in 2019. 28 per cent or 61 cases were do­mes­tic-re­lated, he said.

There was also a sig­nif­i­cant drop in crime against chil­dren.

“We recorded a de­crease of 51 per cent 45 cases for last month while there were 92 cases recorded in April 2019.” Road fa­tal­i­ties recorded a de­crease of 50 per cent.

The na­tional cur­few and so­cial gath­er­ing re­stric­tions cur­rently in place to con­tain the spread of COVID-19 could be at­trib­uted to the sig­nif­i­cant drop. Drugs, how­ever, recorded an over­all in­crease of 200 per cent. Bri­gadier-Gen­eral Qil­iho said there were 165 cases re­lated to drugs reg­is­tered in April 2020 com­pared to 55 in 2019. He said this was due to the in­creased tempo of drug op­er­a­tions and ar­rests con­ducted in all five polic­ing di­vi­sions.

Over­all, the crime sta­tis­tics for the month of April saw an in­crease in crime by 51 per cent in com­par­i­son to the same pe­riod in 2019.

“There were 2176 cases recorded in 2020 com­pared to 1440 in 2019 and this was largely due to the high num­ber of fail­ure to com­ply with or­ders ar­rests linked to COVID-19 breaches which ac­counted for 1011 cases,” Bri­gadier-Gen­eral Qil­iho said.

Photo: Ron­ald Ku­mar

Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Bri­gadier-Gen­eral Si­tiveni Qil­iho.

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