10 Nov 2004

Fiji Police stepping up patrols after a series of home invasions

4:15 pm on 10 November 2004

Police in Fiji say they've increased their patrols after a series of home invasions, and are reassuring the public not to be afraid.

The comments come after the murder of a 27-year old company director early on Monday morning when armed and masked men invaded his suburban home in Suva.

The police commissioner, Andrew Hughes, says criminal networks are targetting business people and those who are perceived to be wealthy.

Police spokesperson, Kolinio Vunaki, says the police have now increased their presence in all areas of the community.

"People must not fear because we have stepped up our operations. People will be finding police officers out there in numbers on the streets, in the nights covering their suburbs and the communities. We are stepping up patrols and make confrontations with any potential criminals that we find on the streets, and the police is working hard on it."

However Police Commissioner Andrew Hughes says due to only a nominal increase in next year's budget, there will be a noticeable decrease in police numbers.