20 reported crimes in 1 week: Police

20 crimes were reported to Port Moresby police over the last seven days.

This was confirmed in a brief with NCD metropolitan superintendent, Perou N’Dranou, early this week.

A compiled report stated that over the last 7 days, ending on the 31st of December, two cases of armed robbery were filed with no arrests made.

For armed hold up and stolen motor vehicles, six cases were reported, break and enter and stealing had only one case filed, six cases filed for sexual crimes, one case of fraud filed, attempted murder had one case filed, two cases of stealing filed and one case filed for wilful damage.

This brings the total to 20 major cases reported in the last seven days in the National Capital District alone.

He said looking at the trend, Christmas and New Year were lower than the previous weeks.

He believes the two likely reasons behind this fall in numbers is that most residents left the city for their home provinces to celebrate the festive season.

The second reason could be because of the increased police presence on the streets during the lead up to the festivities.

“I’d like to think that these reasons could have deterred the crime numbers reported and filed,” stated the NCD police boss.

N’Dranou said his major concern now is still on sexual offence crimes.

“There is still no end to it. The trend is the same and we get at least one report filed every day.”

He reiterated for the residents of NCD to be careful.

“It’s happening and by looking at the sexual offences reports filed, it’s all about people you know. Perpetrators are people you know.”

He called on parents to ensure that their children are safe at all times.

(NCD metropolitan superintendent, Perou N’Dranou)

Annette Kora