Out of the 6,905 cases that have been recorded by Police across the country from 2021 to 2022, 3,712 cases are from SHEFA Province alone.
According to the Vanuatu Police Force (VPF) summary brief that was submitted to the Daily Post earlier this month, this statistic does not include November and December figures, as the data of these two months are yet to be retrieved, due to the attack on the government network.
From the police brief, intentional assault has the highest number of incidences, followed by domestic violence, then theft, and damage to property offences.
So far, a comparison of this statistics with that of 2020 to 2021 cannot be made due to the fact that most of the data are still to be retrieved after the cyber-attack on the government network.
It was also noted from the police brief that there are emerging concerns with issues of seasonal work programs, disorderly youth and social problems, settlement in disaster zone areas, evolving technology and Internet accessibility abuse, and eviction operations.
The latter is expected to increase this year. The last eviction was carried out by the VPF at Mele road in 2022, and it is expected that another one will be carried out this year at Erakor Half Road, as a notice has already been issued by the court last year.
SOURCE: VANUATU DAILY POST