Police investigate death threat and VT100,000 cash demand

Police in Port Vila are investigating a recent criminal incident involving two young men who approached two young women, demanding VT100,000 and threatening to stab them to death.

They were holding a slingshot and a pocket knife when they approached the young females at Mele Beach last Sunday.

The victims gave them what they demanded, and they left. The incident is considered a threat-to-kill offence under the Penal Code [CAP 135]. It was reported to the police and is now under investigation.

37 domestic violence restraining orders served

The Police General Duty has served 37 domestic violence restraining orders in Port Vila since the beginning of 2024.

Families are encouraged to spend time together and cherish every moment. Husbands and wives should be loyal to one another and love each other, it’s the best thing they can do for their children.

Over 50 cybercrime cases recorded

The Police Cybercrime Unit has recorded over 50 cases related to social media, specifically Facebook. Users have been reported for digitally manipulating images of individuals, particularly females, by replacing their faces with unknown nude images. Additionally, perpetrators have been found using fake accounts to disseminate these images on private pages and messenger group chats.

This offence constitutes criminal slander or libel under the Penal Code [CAP 135], which carries severe penalties, including imprisonment for up to 3 years.

Citizens are encouraged to take precautions when using the Internet by following these guidelines:

  • Read terms and conditions carefully before agreeing to anything
  • Only talk to people on the Internet you know and trust
  • Learn how to block and report people on the sites you use
  • Make sure you set up secure privacy setting on your social media account

26 crime cases recorded in January

The Uniform Investigation Branch (UIB) of the Vanuatu Police Force (VPF) recorded 26 crime cases last month.

Out of the total cases, 15 involve intentional assault, 10 concern threatening language, eight are related to threats of killing a person, five pertain to criminal trespass, five involve malicious damage to property, and three are cases of theft.

Five minor traffic incidents so far

The VPF’s Traffic Unit has recorded five minor road incidents so far this year, a decrease compared to previous years.

Vehicle owners and drivers are urged to prioritise road safety at all times when driving on public roads.

10 vehicles confiscated in one day for invalid permits

10 vehicles have been confiscated in a single day for having invalid permits.

Drivers who are caught driving without a valid permit will be given a fine of VT20,000.

In the coming days, the VPF Traffic Unit in Port Vila will start to confiscate any public transport vehicles that fail to renew their permits.

All public vehicles that were operating last year have permits that expired on the 31st of December 2023. A vehicle permit is valid for only one year. This means that by the beginning of the year 2024, all public vehicles should have renewed their vehicle permits. Vehicle permits have no grace period.

Drivers told to lock their parked vehicles

The VPF Traffic Unit advises vehicle owners and drivers to lock their vehicles when parked. This advice follows numerous incidents where thieves targeted random, unlocked vehicles in parking spots, stealing valuable items from inside the vehicles.