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Crime rate in Fiji down 6% so far this year

The crime rate in the country has decreased by 6% in the first six months of 2016 compared to the same period last year. This was confirmed by the Commissioner of Police Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho at a press conference at the Police Headquarters in Suva today. According to Qiliho, the Police Force’s Key Performance Indicators revealed there […]

Nacanieli Tuilevuka

July 29, 2016 1:17 pm

The crime rate in the country has decreased by 6% in the first six months of 2016 compared to the same period last year.

 Commissioner of Police, Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho (Salote Qalubau/Newswire)
Commissioner of Police, Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho (Salote Qalubau/Newswire)

This was confirmed by the Commissioner of Police Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho at a press conference at the Police Headquarters in Suva today.

According to Qiliho, the Police Force’s Key Performance Indicators revealed there was a 5% reduction in serious crimes while complaints and disciplinary offences against disciplinary service officers decreased by 2%.

Brigadier-General Qiliho said crimes against children and women was down by 2 percent. However, children as young as 3 to 5 months continued to be victims of crime such as assault.

Amongst children aged 6-12 who were victims of “assault causing bodily harms”, 95 were female, and 42 were male.

Commissioner Qiliho stated they had not achieved the target set out by the government.

QILIHO: “There is a reduction of overall crime rate. During the period of January to June 2016, a total of 10,195 cases were recorded and there has been a decrease of 6% compared to 10,875 cases recorded during the same period of last year.”

“During the period of January to June 2016 seven of the KPI decreases, however it was not to the target set out by government. I am however pleased that they did not record any increases.”

Brigadier-General Qiliho added women aware of their rights was a contributing factor to the reduction of domestic violence.

QILIHO: “While this is a concern as the issue of domestic violence is still not being treated seriously by some people, it is an indication that more women are more aware about their rights and their knowledge of the laws which have encouraged them to report the crime.”

The Commissioner also reiterated his statements on the need for parents and guardians to prioritise their children at all times.

QILHO: “No matter how many of my officers I deploy or mobile patriot we conduct, we can not stop these from occurring because these crimes are happening within the very place that should be a safety zone for our children.”

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