Crime holding PNG back: AG

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THE level of crime in the country has developed to a stage where it has become an impediment to development, says Justice Minister and Attorney-General Davis Steven.
He told a law and order summit in Lae yesterday that crime was committed not only in isolated areas but also in public places.
“The level and trend of crime has developed and progressed to an extent where it has become an impediment to positive development,” Steven said.
“The trend of crime is affecting all levels of the community in rural and urban areas. Crimes are no longer hidden or isolated but they become more planned and daring.”
He said the recent events in Mendi, Southern Highlands, were proof of that.
“Crimes have progressed from simple stealing and fighting to armed-holdups and bank robberies,” Steven said.
“Marijuana and homebrew have become the common cause of crimes in rural and urban communities.
“Even bullying and school fights have become a problem.”
He said while most people wanted progress, “there is a minority among us, disadvantaged by whatever means, who are intent on committing crimes”.
“We need to form partnerships and work together to free our communities from this evil,” Steven said.

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