Nakasi Raid Sug­gests Net­work of Or­gan­ised Crime: Ex-Of­fi­cer

Fiji Sun - - NATION - SHALVEEN CHAND For­mer Su­per­in­ten­dent of Po­lice Deo Narayan Edited by Ranoba Baoa Feed­back: shalveen.chand@fi­ fj

Are­tired se­nior mem­ber of the Fiji Po­lice Force says the dis­cov­ery of many elec­tronic items fol­low­ing a raid in Nakasi sug­gests a net­work of or­gan­ised crime.

Deo Narayan was a Su­per­in­ten­dent of Po­lice when he re­tired. He shed light on the pos­si­ble ex­is­tence of small net­works which were or­gan­ised to some level. It fol­lowed a bust on Tues­day at a home in Nakasi where more than 50 lap­tops, phones, hard drives and other elec­tron­ics were found.

The house in Nakasi, Nau­sori, also moon­lighted as a shop. All items were be­lieved to be stolen and des­tined for sale on­line.

The Po­lice have asked peo­ple to come for­ward and iden­tify the items. Mr Narayan said the link­age be­tween the buyer and the sup­pli­ers were very clear. “The buyer in such cases only has se­lected peo­ple whom he buys from. This also sug­gests that the al­leged thieves in such cases care­fully study their tar­gets,” Mr Narayan said. “Very few cases are ran­dom. This in it­self re­quires plan­ning and or­gan­i­sa­tion. The buyer in this case is not al­ways the mas­ter­mind.

“He, in some cases, is a means to an end. There­fore in­ves­ti­ga­tions should fo­cus on get­ting ev­ery­one in­volved.”

Mr Narayan said some­times the stolen phones were un­locked by le­git­i­mate busi­nesses who pro­vide the ser­vice. He said the in­volve­ment of a per­son with in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy (IT) skills should not be ruled out.

Tech­ni­cal as­pects

IT spe­cial­ist, At­nish Chand, who has been in­volved in the tech­ni­cal field for al­most two decades said lap­tops were the eas­i­est things to un­lock.

“Un­less there is a Bios lock, all lap­tops can be re­for­mat­ted. For phones, the per­son would re­quire a phone crack­ing soft­ware,” Mr

Chand said.

“There is def­i­nitely a need for at least some IT skills to run such an op­er­a­tion.”

He added posts would most likely be made through var­i­ous fake ac­counts.

Po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tions

In a state­ment, Po­lice ver­i­fied that the items were des­tined to be sold on­line.

Po­lice spokesper­son Ana Naisoro has urged mem­bers of the pub­lic to be re­spon­si­ble as well when buy­ing prod­ucts.

Un­der the law, know­ingly buy­ing a prop­erty known to be stolen is a crime pun­ish­able by a jail term.

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