Se­ri­ous crime

Fiji Sun - - COMMENT - De­wan Chand, Suva

The Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice, Bri­gadierGen­eral Si­tiveni Qil­iho, has an­nounced the drop in se­ri­ous crimes for the month of April 2020 com­pared to fig­ures of 2019 for the same pe­riod.

He has de­fined se­ri­ous crimes: rapes, at­tempted rapes, de­file­ment,, mur­der, ag­gra­vated rob­bery, and theft of mo­tor ve­hi­cles. This is wel­come news, but not wholly sat­is­fac­tory.

It is sig­nif­i­cant that there was a drop of 13 per cent in crime against women and also a drop in crimes against chil­dren.

I won­der if this is a flow on ef­fect of the lock­down con­di­tions cur­rently in force. But this is a good news all the same.

There has been a sig­nif­i­cant in­crease in crimes in the fail­ure to ob­serve cur­few con­di­tions. This is a sad re­flec­tion of the lack­adaisi­cal at­ti­tude of our peo­ple.

They must re­alise that the lock­down rules are en­forced to en­sure their safety and the health of the na­tion in fight against COVID-19.

Po­lice de­serve our thanks for a job well done.

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