Po­lice As­sure Baulevu Res­i­dents of Probe into Spate of Home Bur­glar­ies

Fiji Sun - - Suncity - SHREEYA VERMA Edited by Su­sana Tuilau

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.”

Photo: Ron­ald Kumar

Baulevu res­i­dent Izaaz Khan out­side his house, which was bro­ken into.

Photo: Ron­ald Kumar

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.

Photo: Ron­ald Kumar

Se­se­nieli Kai­tani shows how their fam­ily home was bro­ken into in Kasavu along Baulevu Road on July 31, 2019.

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