19th July 06:16 AM
Crime rate reduces by 6% for the first six months of this year compared to last year - Compol
By Iva Danford
Wednesday 09/08/2017
Police Commissioner Sitiveni Qiliho

There has been a reduction of the overall crime rate by 6% for the first six months of this year compared to the same time last year.

This has been highlighted by the Police Commissioner Sitiveni Qiliho who says that these crime statistics have recorded both positive and negative results.

Qiliho says the reduction in crime against women by 10% recorded a decrease of 15% while the reduction in crime against children by 10% recorded a reduction of 2%.

He says there has been a lot of debate about the crime situation in Fiji and it is spiraling out of control.

Qiliho says while certain crimes have recorded an increase, the overall situation for the first six months has clearly indicated by the statistics is a reduction in overall crime.

He says cases of defilement of girls from 13 to 16 years has also increased.

Qiliho says Ba recorded the highest rape and attempted rape cases of 92 with one person accused of 72 counts.

A total of 168 cases of crimes against children under 12 years of age was recorded from January to June this year compared to 137 from January to June last year.

Qiliho says the increase in sexual offences is an area that they are going to need more help with.

The Police Commissioner says robbery and aggravated robbery increased by 32%, rape increased by 49% while drugs increased by 35%.

He says the reduction of road fatalities by 30% recorded an increase of 23%.

Qiliho says they also managed to record a 1% reduction in complaints against police and their services.

He says they will not deny the fact that the actions of some of the Police officers have resulted in people losing faith in the institution.

The highest number of offence victims which ranges from the ages of 25 to 31 years recorded a total of 1584 victims this year compared to 1573 last year.

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