Tue, 25 July 2017
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62 calls, 35 arrests; Crime remains high

A TOTAL of 62 phone calls for police intervention have been recorded by police last week, five less than the previous week (67).

Of the calls, police made 35 arrests.

According to data released by police, disturbances and disorderly behaviour as a result of alcohol, continued to be a major problem in the society.

From the 62 calls, majority was for police to attend to disturbances and disorderly activities.

The police record showed the calls came from Tandai highway, Lengakiki, Naha height, Chinatown, Central Market, Vura 3, Mbokona, No. 3, Naha 3 and ITA area.

Most of those calls were from Tandai highway, Lengakiki, Naha height and Vura 3, all alcohol related.

The second highest crime that prompted 10 calls to police was theft and demanding.

The calls were made from the central market, St. John School, Panatina valley, Point Cruz, Rifle Ridge, Kingdom hall area, Kobito 1 and Vura 1.

That was an increase compared to the nine calls received by police in the previous week.

Traffic incidents recorded 6 calls while domestic violence three calls, a decrease of 10 compared to the previous week.

Police recorded only one burglary call.

From those phone calls, Honiara City Police arrested 35 people and charged them for a range of offences including assault causing actual bodily harm, common assault, drunk and disorderly behaviour, consuming liquor, simple larceny, arson etc.

Thirty-four of those arrested were males including one juvenile and one female who was arrested for allege theft.

Guadalcanal Police made 12 of the 35 arrests. Those arrested by the provincial police office were for a range of offences including defilement, simple larceny, obstructing police officers and criminal trespass.

Acting Assistant Commissioner, National Capital Gabriel Manelusi said the steady increase of crimes in the city calls for more partnership effort by community and church leaders, other stakeholders and police.

“Our close collaboration and proactive policing can help reduce crime in our society.

“As you can see, the difference of 5 compared to the previous week did not made much difference although a slight decrease, that to me was just incidental.

“But the decrease from 67 to 62 was a positive sign that we must continue to keep a tight lid on in order to keep reducing the irritation caused to peace loving citizens of this country.

“I appeal to all stakeholders what role you play within our society to continue to educate our people of their core cultural values that bring unity in our diverse society.

“Let us all partner together to win crime free in our city of Honiara.”




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