PNG Post-Courier

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (Oct. 28) – At last it looks positive that things are happening to improve the impact of police work in the Papua New Guinea’s National Capital District.

We applaud the move to get 14 new vehicles with radio communication gear installed and on the streets of the capital.

City police chief Tony Wagambie says the idea is to have radio cars working areas of the city, with each car sticking to one area.

The theory is that the system will lead to quick response times to calls for help.

The main problem with that is ensuring the vehicles have enough fuel and are kept in good condition. Let us hope.

For that to work well, the police must be able to quickly identify and address where trouble is happening.

Mr Wagambie added that to his list of things to do. He is appealing to residents to clearly label their property with section and lot numbers.

It’s basic stuff and something that could be easily done. All property owners should check and make sure their address is prominently placed at the front of the premises.

It will help get police to your assistance in times of need. As a bonus, it will help people like Eda Ranu, Telikom and other service providers to find you and sort out your problems with services.

We also praise the police for their announced intention to hammer the people who buy obviously stolen property on the streets.

Receivers are just as guilty of crime as the thieves and the peddlers of stolen property. It takes two to tango, to do a deal. If we all give a cold shoulder to the floggers of stolen property, it will be our way of discouraging the people who profit from dishonesty.

Not that it will stop such "fencing’’ of stolen goods entirely. That trade is probably about as old as "the oldest profession’’, prostitution.

A crackdown on stolen property at the street level will to some extent dry up the market for such gear and, maybe, deter the pickpockets and bag-grabbers.

Honest folk, including visitors to our land, must be appalled at the ease with which stolen property dealers amble around the streets, plying their wares.

There has been no sign so far that police have had any interest in this trade. Thankfully, Mr Wagambie is showing signs that police under his command will get tough on it.

Maybe, his colleagues in other urban centres will be heartened by his campaign and do likewise with the street peddlers in their towns. For it is an "informal sector’’ trade that has spread like wildfire in our bigger centres.

October 31, 20054

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