Mugging worry

Bettylyn Matakitoga,Vatuwaqa, Suva | Monday, June 5, 2017

I write as a concerned citizen and resident of Vatuwaqa.

Over the past week, there's been an increase in mugging by young boys at all hours of the day and night.

Just before 7pm on Friday we heard screams of the attack and theft and at 6am on Saturday, we were woken up by them just outside our house.

These boys are roaming the streets targeting anyone carrying anything and have stolen phones, shoes, money, groceries and lots more from unsuspecting citizens simply walking home or going to catch the bus.

On Friday night, my grandmother and a friend personally escorted two shaken up teenagers to the police station where one officer was on duty, and their report of the robbery was met with a laugh.

This isn't the first time these incidents are occurring, it's been happening for over a year and perhaps as a result of the lack of response from the community and the relevant "authorities" these individuals feel invincible because it's like three or four robberies a night and those are just the ones we hear about — literally — if the person screams after or during the attack.

People getting off the bus are targets. And after Saturday morning, it feels like everyone is a target.

Even more worrying and sad is while the young girl was screaming for help while the boys tried to steal her bag, people on the opposite end of the street were just watching and did nothing to help.

Here's hoping this letter brings action from the people we're supposed to trust to protect us and inspire a little community spirit to look out for each other because if we don't, who will?

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