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Police officers talking to Asian shopkeepers in Nuku'alofa. Photo: TONGA POLICE MEDIA

NUKU’ALOFA – February 4: 5.50pm (Nuku’alofa Times): Tonga Police is focusing on surveying the Asian community here in Tonga to determine how best they can be protected from theft and robbery.

Operation Great Wall has been implemented to help Police look to reduce crimes against the Asian Community, Deputy Commissioner Pelenatita Fe’ao Vaisuai said.

Chinese businessmen being interviewed in Nuku'alofa. Photo: TONGA POLICE MEDIA

Chinese businessmen being interviewed in Nuku’alofa. Photo: TONGA POLICE MEDIA

“Tonga Police Tonga Police established a Taskforce (Operation Great Wall) in November 2016, aimed at reducing crimes against the Asian Community in Tonga,” DPC Pelenatita said.

Most of the Asian Community are Chinese who own and run businesses and are known to be targets of criminals.

Chinese make up three percent (3%) of victims of crime but concern lies on the seriousness of offences committed against them.

“They have been victims of serious crime such as robberies and violent assaults,” DCP Pelenatita said.

The Taskforce is currently conducting a survey of the Chinese Community in Tongatapu and in the Outer Islands to identify problems they are facing in terms of their safety and protection of their property.

“Our mission is to make sure all our citizens feel safe in Tonga,” DCP Pelenatita said.

“The survey is designed to inform Tonga Police of the safety issues and challenges that are specific to the Chinese community, with the objective to improve Tonga Police service delivery through working together with the Chinese community.

“Our job is to keep our communities safe and hold criminals to account.”

The Chinese Government sent in a police officer last year to visit the local Chinese community, following a spate of robberies here, involving members of the community.

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