14 Nov 2007

PNG police to move against loitering

2:08 pm on 14 November 2007

Police in the Papua New Guinea capital plan to enforce laws against loitering.

This comes after the launch last week of a campaign to cut the levels of crime and violence in Port Moresby.

The newspaper, The National, quotes superintendent Fred Yakasa as saying that if police could establish people did not have valid reasons for what he called hanging around, then they would be arrested for loitering.

He says some people hang around public places waiting for opportunities to commit crimes against residents and business houses.

The new campaign, which has been labelled stretim sindaun, will see about 50 more people on the beat in Port Moresby's high crime spots.