By Annette Kora – EMTV News, Port Moresby
The recent rise of the trend in abduction cases of women and girls in the nation’s capital has been an upsetting yet major concern for the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary as recently highlighted by the metropolitan superintendent, Perou N’dranou.
The same concern was raised and highlighted weeks back where motives were put forward as to why there have been an increase in these cases.
MetSup N’dranou said if these cases are reported quickly to the nearest police station, then it will be dealt with immediately and accordingly as it comes in.
“The police take reports of crimes seriously. However, the manner in the way we report crime is the reason why we (police) do not react quickly.”
Talks on social media about police personnel not reacting quickly is an understatement.
“Police only investigate cases according to certain protocols. For police to initiate a report quickly; is through the protocol system where one goes to the police station and places an official report which is then seen through by an officer who does his part of the job and the process continues.”
Recent statistics and reports put together by his office indicate that since the beginning of January this year, there have only been 24 cases of attempted abductions reported.
And these are only the cases reported to police and are in record as opposed to what has been posted, shared and most chattered about on social media.
He said people should no post on social media instead place a report officially at the police station so that process can take its due cause.
“Police will not work around what is being posted on social media.”
He also warned that people should not take advantage of the situation and intentionally go off the grid and cause unnecessary fright without letting immediate family and friends know of their whereabouts.
Talks are underway with telco company, Telikom PNG to have a toll free number in place for residents to call in and place reports on the go.