Residents urged to be vigilant

Police have issued a warning to residents in the National Capital District to be more vigilant and ‘security conscious’ after reports of female abductions within the city went viral on social media within the past few weeks.

Commander NCD/Central Assistant Commissioner Donald Yamasombi said the reports, including that of a young girl who reportedly freed herself after being abducted at Four-Mile, were not registered with police so cannot be confirmed.

“This particular case was not formally reported and registered with police but we are not taking this matter lightly and doing everything within our means to investigate and take appropriate police action,” ACP Yamasombi said.

The Commander said directives were also issued to Police Station Commanders in the NCD to put in place strategies aimed at combating such crimes. He said this will include increasing foot patrols, placements of police personnel in “hot spot” areas and deploying of policemen in civilian clothes in public places.

He said police are now on heightened alert and have responded vigorously to one such complaint by arresting a suspect near Vadavada settlement recently.

ACP Yamasombi although the victim in this particular abduction case was a male, the response by police shows the level of preparedness undertaken by city police so far in the wake of such reported crimes. A male victim in his 30s was rescued and the suspect also in his 30s was subdued by police and taken into custody.

ACP Yamasombi said investigations into this case and others was still continuing. He said the reports of drive-by abductions targeting women on the social media was “quite disturbing”.

Yamasombi called on victims and eye witnesses to report the matter to police immediately, either at the nearest police station or through the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary’s Facebook page so that formal investigations can be made.

He also called upon law enforcement agencies, concerned parents and guardians and the community at large to work together with police to fight such crimes.

“We all have mothers, sisters and daughters who deserve protection from such evil. We are determined to stop such violent crimes against women and appeal to the community at large for your assistance.

“Be vigilant, be concerned and take action,” Commander Yamasombi said.

The Commander urged young females not to venture out alone to places where they can easily become vulnerable to drive-by abductions.

He said members of the public can also report crime by immediately contacting the police operations centre at the Boroko Police station on telephone number 3244 331.

Press release