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Burnscreek paramount chief Peter Usi has called on business houses operating around Burnscreek, Lungga, Sun Valley and New Zealand Camp to work together with the communities in the area to combat criminal activities.
Mr Usi made the call yesterday in an interview with the paper by calling on business houses operating in the three mention areas to work together with communities to put youths off criminal activities.
He said, lately business is booming at the areas but criminal activities is also increasing which is a worrying sign for the communities and business houses operating there.
He said, the increase in the number of criminal activities in the areas has posed a great threat to both the communities and the business houses and only collective activities from both sides will put a stop to the rising criminal activates they currently experienced.
He claimed, over the weekend some youth have thrown rocks at Gaoming store at the Cross Road for unknown reasons.
He said such happening could have been avoided if communities and business houses work together.
The chief said their community leaders are ready to have a meeting with the business houses to discuss the issue and find ways to combat it.
Mr Usi suggested that the business houses should take initiatives to employ those unemployed youths in the areas to make them feel a sense of belonging to the business.
“By then they will look after the properties as their own.”
His other suggestion is for the business houses to involve unemployed youths in organized sporting activities to keep them busy and give them rewards for their achievements.
“Business houses operating in the areas should not turn a blind eye on the increasing criminal activities that is currently on the rise and acted as part of the community there.”
By BIRIAU WILSON SAENI