CRIME DOWN DRAMATICALLY IN PORT MORESBY

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PORT MORESBY, PNG (PNG Post-Courier, July 25) – Reported criminal offences in Port Moresby have decreased drastically in the last two months with the help of the "Yumi Lukautim Mosbi Projek" (YLMP). Figures from the Gordons Police Station show that the number of reported offences fell from 544 in April 2006 to 254 in June 2006.

The YLMP is a project that is spearheaded by NCDC, all Law and Justice Sector partners including the Australian Government to make the society safer and cleaner for everyone in Port Moresby.

At the launch of the YLMP on Friday, City manager and chairman of the Urban Safety Advisory Committee Peter Loko said the YLMP started two years ago and is an example of how much can be achieved through partnership.

He said NCDC was taking the lead in implementing the government’s export driven and poverty alleviation policy through the YLMP.

YLMP projects that have been undertaken so far include the Bomana detainees program, Gordons market clean up and the Pikinini care program. Awareness programs include the distribution of thousands of t-shirts promoting the YLMP message, newspaper advertisings with YLMP news, supporting sporting activities with youths from Gerehu, Morata, Tatana and Vabukori and supporting music by providing instruments to youths in Badili (Rabia Gini), Tatana, Morata, and Vabukori.

One of the mothers who had been selling things at the Tabari craft market also admitted that there was a lot of change in the attitude of people. Leoni Simons, who has been a vendor at the market for six years said before there was so much rubbish at the market but now it was cleaner.

She said they supported any program that made city safer and cleaner.

July 25, 2006

Papua New Guinea Post-Courier: www.postcourier.com.pg/

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