27 Jul 2006

Serious crime in a PNG province increases

10:08 am on 27 July 2006

Serious crime in rural Papua New Guinea's West Sepik province is increasing and police say they do not have the logistic support to tackle the problem.

The West Sepik provincial police commander, Chief Inspector Richard Mulou, has told the Post Courier newspaper, that there has been an intense increase in reported serious crime such as murder, rape and armed holdups.

He says these areas are only accessible using aircraft and police have difficulty travelling into the regions to arrest suspects.

Mr Mulou says the police department is doing what it can with limited resources.

He says he formed a taskforce in Vanimo which worked well and reduced crime in the town, and he would like to introduce this taskforce concept in the rural areas.

But he says he needs assistance and is calling on business houses and other statutory bodies for help with the taskforce concept.