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Burglary numbers drop, violence continues

Tuesday August 01, 2017 Written by Published in Crime
Police burglary stats take a nose dive in July following the recent arrest of recidivist off enders. 17073113 Police burglary stats take a nose dive in July following the recent arrest of recidivist off enders. 17073113

Burglaries are down across Rarotonga and police hope the trend continues.


A night-time burglary in Arorangi last week took the total of reported incidents for the month of July to two. An offender had entered through a business’ sky-light stealing two cash boxes left on site.

The proprietor, who does not wish to be named, told CINews that the offender had only gotten away with $40 – being $20 kept in each locked box for petty cash use at each of their two sites. They left laptops and other computer equipment behind.

The low figure for July is believed to be the direct result of the Cook Islands Police’s recent response to remove repeat offenders from the community, who according to police, are engaged in a non-stop cycle of crime.

Police media spokesperson Trevor Pitt advised “as the police crackdowns occur, there is a corresponding reduction in incidents”.

Burglaries for the year had already been higher than 2016, and had doubled for the month of June.

“If not for the wide-spread search warrant execution, the police fears were that the upward trend of burglaries would have continued” says Pitt.

And, as these offenders inevitably become released by the courts, the cycle of stealing comes back around, he says.

Pitt explained that police want to see that offenders are adequately dealt with by the courts, because the pressure just falls back on the shoulders of law enforcement, which is already constrained.

Meanwhile the news wasn’t so good on the domestic violence front, with police responding to two incidents this weekend after attending to six incidents the previous weekend.

The first  of the latest incidents occurred on Friday evening, when it was said alcohol was a major factor and resulted in a young male being removed from the residence.

The second occurred in the early hours of Saturday morning in Ngatangiia and again resulted in a young male being removed from the residence.

Police responded to a total of three motor vehicle crashes between Friday July 28, and Sunday July 30.

A female driver was taken to hospital on Friday following a collision in Avatiu. A police spokesperson said alcohol was involved and investigations into the matter are ongoing.

Another collision was reported on Saturday morning outside the Oasis Petrol Station. The accident involved a motorcar with two passengers, both suffering minor injuries — and again alcohol was a contributing factor.

Police later responded to a head on collision in Titikaveka, which involved two motorcyclists.

The pair were both admitted to hospital. One sustained injuries to his hand, while the other sustained injuries to his head and legs. It is believed alcohol was a factor in the crash.

Excessive noise was an ongoing problem last weekend, with five callouts regarding the level of music and noise within Puaikura.

All concerned parties were warned, and closed down with abatement notices issued.

“Police are concerned with these noise complaints especially those issued on Saturday nights. Music levels are high along with shouting of people at these parties,” a police spokesperson said.

Police urge the public to consider neighbours when having parties or large gatherings.

Wilful damage of a business in Taputapuatea on Saturday morning was also reported and investigations are continuing.

Police responded to a call out, regarding a young child being bitten by a dog in Titikaveka. The Police Dog Control Unit is handling the matter.

In addition, police arrested two male individuals over the weekend on charges of assault and contempt of court. It is said the two are set to appear in the Avarua High Court later this week.

“Police would like to thank members of the public for their assistance and cooperation during the weekend,” the spokesman said.

“We are asking residents to look after their children, be mindful of their neighbours and be vigilant in keeping their homes and properties secure.”

Anyone with information regarding any of the above incidents or previous incidents should call police on 22499. All information received will be treated as confidential.

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