Mug­gers Strike Near Caubati Short-Cut

If peo­ple do not re­port such in­ci­dents then ob­vi­ously Po­lice cannot take ac­tion: Naisoro

Fiji Sun - - Suncity - SHREEYA VERMA Edited by Percy Kean

Ashort-cut near Caubati in Nas­inu is now a spot where in­no­cent vic­tims are be­ing mugged on a daily ba­sis. Yesterday one victim re­vealed how mug­ging and rob­beries have be­come preva­lent in the area. Dav­nesh Prasad, 23, en­dured an un­for­tu­nate ex­pe­ri­ence last month af­ter he was al­legedly threat­ened to be killed by six youths.

“It was mid­night and I was walk­ing home from work. The boys ap­proached me, one punched my face while an­other bran­dished a knife. I just let go of my bag and ran for my life,” he said. He re­ported the mat­ter to the Caubati Po­lice Post, but was told to lodge his com­plaint at Valelevu Po­lice Sta­tion.

Po­lice spokesper­son Ana Naisoro said com­mu­nity posts were manned by one or two com­mu­nity polic­ing of­fi­cers.

“Each post, wher­ever they are in Fiji, come un­der a mother sta­tion. In Caubati’s case it is Valelevu Po­lice Sta­tion,” she said.

Caubati res­i­dent Meli Tav­aga said these rob­bers usu­ally op­er­ated in groups at dark spots. “They take ad­van­tage of the area not hav­ing enough street lights,” Mr Tav­aga said.

“My brother-in-law was robbed of his mo­bile phone two weeks ago by three boys.”

Other res­i­dents in the area have en­coun­tered mug­ging in­ci­dents, but not all cases were re­ported to Po­lice.

“Thieves stole my friend’s mo­bile phone and purse at the Caka­caka Road short cut,” said a woman who opted to re­main anony­mous. “These mug­gers know all the short cuts. They com­mit these dar­ing rob­beries and get away eas­ily.

“They target new faces to the area. Mug­gers stay in groups, es­pe­cially near the cor­ner shops at Ki­noya and ob­serve the move­ment of the peo­ple.” Ms Naisoro urged rob­bery vic­tims to al­ways lodge re­ports so Po­lice could look into the mat­ter.

“If peo­ple do not re­port such in­ci­dents then ob­vi­ously Po­lice cannot take ac­tion,” she said.

“All re­ports are in­ves­ti­gated and there is no strict time­frame for when one will start or be com­pleted.

“While Po­lice con­duct night pa­trols it is wise for in­di­vid­u­als to be wary of per­sonal safety and se­cu­rity.”

The short-cut (marked red) at Caubati.

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