Post-Courier Editorial on being safe in PNG

June 19, 2008 at 12:58 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , )


How To Be Safe In PNG’: Editorial


(Post Courier)

The Papua New Guinea daily newspaper Post Courier has an editorial comment on the current crime situation in the capital of Port Moresby. We are running the editorial in full because of its provides significant insight into the challenges facing lawful society in Papua New Guinea.  (Pacific Magazine)

How To Be Safe In Modern PNG

We are heading into more daunting times at the hands of criminals in our midst. The latest rash of crimes added to the warnings emanating from a high-level meeting of security advisers makes this plain.

Basically, the criminals are getting smarter and devising new ways of making money illegally.

Police and other law enforcement agencies are finding it harder to keep up with the smarter criminals, as well as the “knock on the head, knife in the ribs’’ variety of neighbourhood troublemakers.

Last week alone, there were two kidnappings in Port Moresby, one involving the snatching of two brothers and their sister as they were dropped off at school in the morning by their parents. City police chief Fred Yakasa was justifiably proud that police were able to quickly and safely retrieve the children and prevent the ransom being paid.

At about the same time as the kidnapping, key officers of our security agencies were meeting to confer and discuss the national security.

One officer confessed that the agencies were not prepared or trained to handle the more sophisticated crimes that are springing up in our society.

Businesses were suffering and society was losing “intelligent people’’ who were withdrawing from such an atmosphere and retreating to their home countries or, in the case of Papua New Guineans, back to their rural roots, the meeting was told.

A percentage of the modern forms of crime is due to the influx of criminal elements from overseas. But there are many local imitators who are thriving with human smuggling, “sexploitation’’ of pornography and prostitution and kidnapping offences.

The term “inside job’’ is becoming common. The high value robberies and cases of fraud are often linked to privileged information being leaked to the criminals from inside the companies and other organisations that are the targets of crime.

Managers will need to look carefully at the knowledge of their most important operations and review on the basis of “need to know’’ as to what information is available to employees.

The latest trend of holding family members as ransom to get company officers to unlock a company safe is more worrying. You cannot, as a manager, provide security at all hours of the night and day for all of the staff who have the access and information to unlock access to valuables.

For that crime, companies will need to get smarter. For kidnappings and the like, every individual will have to look again at their daily habits and exercise more care, changing routine and checking safety practices.


1 Comment

  1. deberigny said,

    It worries me that this is another sign of the emergence of a dysfunctional state. Though perhaps it should not be overstated.
    The exact parallels in a historial and sociological sense are not there, if we were to compare Chicago and the lawlessness of the thirties with Port Moresby today.
    Given this, I guess, the USA did not end up as a dysfunctional state, lets hope PNG does not.
    It took an Eliot Ness to break the backs of Al Capone and his gangsters in Chicago and perhaps Port Moresby needs the likes of another Eliot Ness.
    I can think of a few kiaps from the past that would have been up to the job and I’m sure there are local officers,if given the right support, would be able to do the same today in PNG.
    I think of Pius,(his father’s name eludes me just at the moment) a past Police Commissioner who was murdered years ago. He had the qualities to be another Eliot Ness.
    The point I’m trying to make is that there are many capable and righteous men and women in PNG who can bring the country back from the brink of disaster.

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