Police Assure Baulevu Residents of Probe into Spate of Home Burglaries
Police have assured a community in Baulevu, outside Nausori Town, that they will look urgently into a spate of alleged burglaries which have left the community in fear.
Upon inspection in the area, Fiji
Sun found that eight houses including a mosque, church, a school and Government quarters at Batiki, Kasavu, have been allegedly burgled since last year. The latest case was reported to Police two weeks ago.
Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said the Divisional Police Commander East personally visited resident, Izaaz Khan where his concerns regarding Police were discussed.
He was reassured that the issues Mr Khan and other residents raised would be addressed. “Mr Khan had agreed to have a community meeting with the Eastern Division team. Our DPC DCO and CO Nausori and management will be present and were satisfied
with the discussions held today,” she said.
She added the Divisional Police Commander had given her personal assurances that the issues raised would be addressed and that is why the meeting was being convened. Police urged the residents not to take matters into their own hands.
The move from Police comes as residents of this small-knit community urged Police on numerous occasions about their plight and need to have a stronger Police presence in the area.
Kasavu resident Sesenieli Kaitani, whose house was burgled two weeks ago, said he was aggrieved about the robbery incident. “All of my expensive items were stolen,” he said.
Last year’s victim Mosese Ratu said eight Tabua, shoes, a laptop and food items from the fridge were stolen.
“The Police came with a Police K9 in the afternoon, but the dog could not trace anything since it was too late,” he said.
Sakiusa Bai said his family was living in fear after the spate of burglaries.
A generator worth of $2000 was stolen a month ago from the Naduruloulou Church, Baulevu, church member Talei Yaco said. Kasavu Primary School teacher Vutaieli Vananalagi said the toilet papers and carton of milk was stolen last year.
“This year, they broke into the library and stole petty cash kept in the jar. Luckily, they did not see the cash in the safe,” Mrs Vananalagi said.
“The school installed CCTV and repaired broken windows and doors for safety.”
She said this year one burglary happened in Term One during a black out.
“Police inspected the school, but there was no feedback given to us so far,” she said.
“An education institution is where children are bought up with moral values.
“We want to make this place safe and even the milk and the Weet-Bix that they stole are for the children.”
Baulevu resident Izaaz Khan outside his house, which was broken into.
Baulevu residents Izaaz Khan (from left) Sakiusa Bai with his son, Malakai Gunavou and Sesenieli Kaitani are disappointed with continuous break-ins in their area.
Sesenieli Kaitani shows how their family home was broken into in Kasavu along Baulevu Road on July 31, 2019.