Let’s help Po­lice force keep our streets safe, free of crime

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The re­cent spate of crime in Suva and other ar­eas is wor­ry­ing. But it is re­as­sur­ing that the Po­lice have mo­bilised to keep the streets safe. An emerg­ing trend that shows crim­i­nal el­e­ments op­er­at­ing in groups to tar­get vic­tims is even more alarm­ing. Two sus­pects have been ques­tioned and re­leased as Po­lice try to gather more ev­i­dence be­fore they can ar­rest and charge those al­legedly re­spon­si­ble.

This is front­line polic­ing and the Po­lice should not be blamed for the cur­rent trend. Crim­i­nals ap­pear to be more brazen in their modus operandi.

They are ob­vi­ously learn­ing from over­seas trends through videos and other me­dia plat­forms.

There should be a multi-faceted ap­proach to tackle this chal­lenge. The Po­lice can­not do it alone. They need all our help.

To be­gin with, all the vic­tims should give their re­ports to the Po­lice. Other mem­bers of the pub­lic who may have wit­nessed the events should read­ily vol­un­teer in­for­ma­tion to the Po­lice. They need ev­ery piece of ev­i­dence to help them close in on the sus­pects. When the sus­pects are caught and in­ter­ro­gated it would be good to know where they came from and how they were raised. This in­for­ma­tion is cru­cial to have a holis­tic view on this is­sue. It will help us un­der­stand all the cir­cum­stances that have contribute­d to the cur­rent be­hav­iour of these sus­pects.

The Po­lice and the courts are like the am­bu­lance at the foot of the cliff.

What we must look at is to en­sure that peo­ple do not go over the edge. They get there be­cause their paths had been lit­tered with fail­ures and dis­ap­point­ments. For some, crime is the last re­sort or the only way out of their predica­ment as they seek for a pur­pose in life.

So let’s not blame the Po­lice. Let us help them bring to jus­tice the sus­pects.

They have re­sponded by in­creas­ing their foot pa­trols. While this may act as a de­ter­rent, there is no guar­an­tee that they will com­pletely stop crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties. The long term so­lu­tion would be to make sure that our young peo­ple are busy do­ing some­thing worth­while and gain­fully.

Idle­ness is a tool of the devil. It opens the door to evil thoughts and ac­tiv­i­ties.

It is said that crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties are also linked to il­licit drugs.

It’s a dan­ger­ous com­bi­na­tion that keeps the Po­lice busy. Again the Po­lice need our help.

We can start from our homes and help mem­bers of our fam­i­lies en­gage in mean­ing­ful work or ed­u­ca­tion. No one should be roam­ing the streets aim­lessly be­cause that is invit­ing trou­ble.

Par­ents should know where their chil­dren (ju­ve­niles or adults) who live with them are at any time of the day. They must set bound­aries and rules for their safety and wel­fare.

These rules un­der­pin a set of val­ues that the fam­ily up­holds. If they can’t, then the risks of some­thing go­ing wrong are pretty high.

When chil­dren do not re­ceive these clear guide­lines at home, they tend to drift, get mixed up with the wrong com­pany and fi­nally start a life of crime.

So if we all do our part, we will make the lives of our Po­lice of­fi­cers much eas­ier and keep our streets safe.

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