February Edition Week 3 2017
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This week’s Godawan point is about Madang’s petty crime have stirred frustration and anger among residents and the businesses community.
“Pick pocket and other petty crimes”
Members of the Madang Township have voiced concerns that petty crimes have been prevalent in places where there is little or no police presence.
Residents are frustrated that crimes as such, are happening every day in the heart of the Madang town. Reports of bag snatching, pick-pocketing and public nuisance, drunk and disorderly behavior have come out to the bus stops and the main shopping areas. A final year journalist student, Stanley Ove Jr at DWU started a blog called “Madang Today” and highlighted the transition that took place in Madang leading to a deterioration in Law and Order through his stories in 2013. Visit his blog here
He made mention to the Lae Riot between November and December 2011 that caused an influx of petty criminals into Madang. People of Madang have expressed anger at the deterioration of law and order in Madang town and fear that a similar riot to Lae is imminent. Have read through some Madang forum comments made on this topic. Here is an extract:
Madang is beautiful but yet pick pocket pasin wok lo bikpla. How can we stop that from continuing and tainting the image of Madang Province???
Criple Gaun Manan
If only Madang people unite, then it’s a piece of cake.
Town blo yumi em liklik not like Lae city.
But when petty crimes happen right in front of us, most people just stand there and watch. Even though we are from Madang. It’s obvious that the majority says “mi no save lo em” or “Em no wantok blo mi”
Without out unity, Madang will never change. Can our leaders find ways to unite us? coz this is the first thing to do if we want to change Madang. It seems like IT IS THE TOUGHEST PROVINCE IN PNG TO GOVERN.
Street policing is the way to go. If police are not around to prevent these petty crimes; I fear a riot exploding between law abiding citizens and petty criminals….!!!! I’m already Fed up. It is TIME FOR CHANGE!!
VOTE FOR CHANGE …..!! THIS IS JUST ONE OF THE MANY ISSUES AFFECTING THE SAFETY AND SECURITY OF MADANG PROVINCE. OUR GOVERNMENT LEADERS TURNING THE BLIND EYE, AND LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS ARE TOO BUSY DOING WHO KNOWS WHAT AND THESE PETTY CRIME ISSUES ARE HAPPENING RIGHT BEFORE OUR EYES???!!!!!!
TIME FOR CHANGE PEOPLE, LET’S RALLY AGAINST THIS BY VOTING FOR THE RIGHT LEADER TO TAKE OWNERSHIP AND TOGATHER WE WILL TACKLE THE ISSIUES ANE REGAIN BACK OUR INTEGRITY…!!!!!!
The easiest way is to set up security cameras to catch them.
No. The cameras won’t catch them. We will. Lets rally and belt them and take them to the police.
Fellow citizens, I know we are all frustrated and fed up with these petty criminals, but violence against violence will not solve anything. I also was a victim of pick pocket. But I grabbed him and told him what they do to pick pocket criminals in Jail. He ran away. I am an ex con, served 2 years in Bomana. I know the kind of lesson these pick pocket thugs get when they are sent to prison…!!!! OL sa kisim pen blo pen…..
Togather we can holim ol disla kuti na karim go police n chargem ol na lockim ol…!!! Trust me brothers, yumi man blo ground, wire lus we can cause damage too.
CALL OUT TO OUR RESPECTIVE AUTHORITIES, OUR PROVINCIAL POLICE COMMANDER, BUSINESS HOUSES, HAVE A YOUTH PROGRAM GOING ON AND ENGAGE OUR YOUTHS.
If the general law abiding citizens in Madang can stand up together and take on a crime stopper approach to these opportunist the results may encourage others to do the same and discourage petty crimes in town and public places.
A fine example was at DCA airport road where the community assisted the Airport Crime Prevention Unit to rescue two girls from being attacked.
Stand up together and restore a better Madang Town. That was Godawan’s point of discussion this week. Thank you for reading.