19th September 03:35 AM
Residents call on Police to act after increase in dog poisonings, house break-ins and people getting attacked
By Vijay Narayan
Saturday 23/09/2017

People are being urged to call Police immediately if they notice people loitering around their area or are involved in any suspicious activities.

You have to take this step to ensure that your neighborhood is safe.

People have raised serious concerns about the increasing number of cases of dog poisonings and break-ins and people getting attacked outside their homes as they are trying to get into their compounds.

Reports have come in from Lami, Tamavua, Namadi Heights, Caubati and Suva Point.

There are reports that thieves are poisoning dogs before they break into houses.

They also target people outside the driveways of their homes.

Fijivillage has also spoken to a few residents of Caubati where the body of a 21-year-old man was found along a shortcut early Wednesday morning.

Residents say there have been a number of robberies while people are walking along the shortcut.

They say a number of youth are always loitering around outside the shops, on the road and along the shortcuts throughout the day and until the early hours of the morning.

There are also a number of drunken fights in the area.

The residents are calling for more patrols and Police officers to take action and ensure that the youth or drunkards loitering around in the area are taken to task.

They say that they should either be sent home or they should be taken into custody. 

Police Chief of Operations ACP Rusiate Tudravu says they are increasing their visibility in Caubati particularly at night.

ACP Tudravu says they are also actively working towards strengthening their community policing team to conduct more visitations to their respective communities and either form or revive crime prevention committees in these areas that are being targeted by criminal elements.

He says at the same time, Police investigators have been tasked with ensuring investigations are conducted efficiently so those responsible are quickly brought to justice and they are reinforcing officers on the ground to increase visibility.

ACP Tudravu says they have recently made arrests with regards to a few aggravated robbery cases and Police are assuring members of the community that they are putting in place measures to address all these crimes.

Please call the Police Divisional Command Centres if you have any information regarding suspicious activities in your neighbourhood.

For the Southern Division Command you can call 9905529, Western Division on 9905457, Eastern Division on 9905563 and the Northern Division Command on 9905722.

You can also call Crime Stoppers on 919.

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