Fabian Demicoli

Sliema burglaries pattern has not affected business

 GRTU Deputy
Vice President Philip Fenech has attended a public consultation with Home
Affairs Minister which focused on the increasing level of thefts within the
Sliema area. The meeting was attended by Home Affairs Minister Manuel Mallia
and Acting Police Commissioner Ray Zammit.

Throughout
the consultation a number of residents spoke of the trauma that they have
suffered after thieves broke into their houses to steal gold and money. These
residents have also hinted on the pattern that involved professional thieves
who could break into houses that were also equipped with strong locks.

Most
residents called for a greater presence of uniformed police officers in the
locality, others called for residents to be on the lookout for any suspicious
behaviour and report this to the police.

Home
Affairs Minister Manuel Mallia said the Sliema police station would be
bolstered by six newly reinstated police officers. He said patrols by plain
clothes police officers had been stepped up over the past months to counter the
spate of theft.

During
this meeting Philip Fenech asked Mr Mallia whether there is a sign that the
pattern of burglaries which occurred in Sliema is affecting retail outlets in
Sliema. Mr Mallia expressed that there were no reports of burglaries on
business.

There
were 29 reported burglaries from occupied dwellings in Sliema between January
and June, contrasting with 33 cases last year.

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