12 Jun 2008

Solomon acting police chief says no concerns Honiara becoming more dangerous, despite arrests

3:45 pm on 12 June 2008

The Solomon Islands interim Police Commissioner denies claims that Honiara is becoming a dangerous city again.

Peter Marshall's comments follow local media reports of police concern after a weekend when more than normal anti-social behaviour took place.

More than 30 people were arrested in Honiara at the weekend for offences all caused by alcohol misuse.

But Mr Marshall says it wasn't a bad weekend for crime, and claims that Honiara is a safer place to live in than similar sized cities in Australia and New Zealand.

He says police have an increased presence in Honiara and there's no illegal firearm use there.

"Although we do have firearms stored out in the provincial areas by people who shouldn't have them, they are not used and they are not available in the general population here. So as a consequence, serious crime in that regard is non-existant. As with other cities and towns around the world, alcohol is our primary issue."

Peter Marshall