Increase in reported incidents disturbs police

Wednesday August 29, 2018 Written by Published in Crime

Police are concerned at a “disturbing” increase in the number of incidents reported to them last month.


“Trends in the July incidents of reported motor vehicle crashes, burglaries, and domestic violence have gone up over June,” said police spokesman Trevor Pitt.

In July there were 28 motor vehicle crashes were reported, compared to 23 in June. Police dealt with 16 burglaries (12 in June) and 19 domestic violence incidents (14 in June). 

The number of thefts and unlawful taking incidents reported in July was similar to previous months, Pitt added.

Meanwhile, police are investigating to a burglary that was reported on Monday at an Avarua office. Items taken in the break-in included jewellery and alcohol.

A blue motorcycle was also reported unlawfully taken from the airport carpark.

On Friday a $3,000 Nikon camera was reported stolen from a holiday resort.

Though the weekend was a comparatively peaceful one for police, officers were still required to attend to a number of complaints of excessive noise and one person had their sound system confiscated.

A burglary was reported early on Saturday morning after a house was broken into through the front door. A variety of items was stolen.

One man was arrested and charged with assault on a female and two charges of common assault. He appeared in court on Saturday and did not contest the charges.

Over the weekend police also attended to incidents involving lost property and trespassing.

            - Release/CS

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