For the last 18 months, Lae has hit the headlines for the wrong reasons. Incidents of murders, rapes, and ethnic clashes have been on the top of the police crime list.
“Such crimes are prone to happen anywhere because of various factors”, Mr. Lakatani said.
While many people have leveled the blame against poor policing, in and around the city, the police boss says, the large influx of people coming into the city everyday, have made it difficult for the police, to maintain law and order in the city.
And the police also blamed the growing number of illegal settlements as the main cause of Lae’s crime problem.
“Most of these crime problems, are caused by people that live in the settlements”, the Lae’s police boss said. But this year will be a little different than the previous years.
Both the police, and the provincial authorities, are taking steps in addressing the problem in a big way.
First, a series of eviction will be conducted in numerous illegal settlements, located in Lae’s outer suburbs.
Also, the introduction of the biometric system will keep record of all the people living in the city. It’s a method, which the Lae MP thinks might help in containing Lae’s crime problems
“We will be able to know and eliminate this illegal settlers; they will have to go back to their province of origin” the Lae MP said.
In the next few weeks, many more squatters will be evicted from their illegal, and there’s still uncertainty if this will help solve Lae’s crime problems.
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