18 Oct 2012

Solomons People's Survey shows people fear return of killings and guns

1:16 pm on 18 October 2012

A national survey in Solomon Islands shows people are frightened of a return of killings and the appearance of guns in the community.

The finding supports the same assertion by the Solomon Islands Christian Association, following the gunshot injury of a logger in north-east Guadalcanal.

The 2011 People's Survey conducted by the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands canvasses the perceptions of about five thousand people of economic conditions, governance and law and order.

More than half of the respondents from the provinces of Choiseul, Western, Isabel, Malaita, Guadalcanal, Temotu and the city of Honiara say they are not satisfied with the help received from the police.

Most people say that is because the police do not do anything to help, with the only other reason given that police are too slow to respond.

Women and youth say they are reluctant to report crimes to the police because they fear them.