Vanuatu's minister for internal affairs says the police have plans to crackdown on youth gangs in Port Vila.
Alfred Maoh said crime has increased in the capital including killings, drug use and public disturbances.
Mr Maoh said the police are patrolling Port Vila on foot to apprehend young people who behave badly when drunk.
He said chiefs in every community will be empowered to assist the police.
The Daily Post reports Mr Maoh attributes Port Vila's escalating crime rate to the increase of internal migration from villages and islands to the capital.
He said the government is encouraging people with land on the islands to stay there and farm, for which loans are available from the Agriculture Bank.