Crime trends

Bettylyn Matakitoga,Vatuwaqa, Suva | Monday, June 12, 2017
I wrote last week of the increase in muggings in Vatuwaqa which seem to have stopped — gauging from the decrease in screams of butako!, we grew unaccustomed to hearing every so often at night.

However, a new trend has emerged in its wake and that is of the break-and- run. It seems vehicles now have to be wary because the attack on humans has ceased — for now.

A friend parked her vehicle in front of the home she was visiting — under street lights because she thought it would offer some protection but it did the contrary. Minutes into her visit and she was alerted to the shattered glass which awaited her.

The culprits are teenagers who roam the streets looking for that extra adrenaline rush, perhaps stimulated by substance abuse (we've had the rare high person who walks around with her can sniffing) or it's a simple cry for attention. As a small community, and nation, parents, guardians, aunts, uncles and anyone who has a young mind to mould and protect, the supervision and knowledge of the whereabouts and activities being undertaken by these young ones should be of utmost importance instead of who's buying the yaqona or shouting the carton tonight or where's the soli happening. Can we also please have more police officers sent to the Vatuwaqa Police Post so we can have patrols?

If not driving (because they have a vehicle parked there, I think) then walking because there are lots of places to go into in Vatuwaqa to ensure the safety and wellbeing of everyone in their area of interest.

Hopefully, the next letter I write can be on a topic that doesn't involve crime.

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