Increase in burglaries prompts police warning

Police have issued a notice of warning to all residents of Male’ to secure their houses and property when leaving to islands for Eid holidays.

33 cases of burglaries have been reported in the past 48 hours.

The normally crowded streets of Male’ are becoming less crowded as people have started going back to their islands for the upcoming Eid Al Adha as well as the presidential election, scheduled for this coming Saturday (October 19).

In the statement issued by police station Inspector Ismail Ali, he said the police are doing extra work to patrol the streets of Male’ and trying to determine suspicious activities through intelligence reports in order to stop burglaries before they occur.

”Police are doing nonstop work to attend the crime scenes as soon as possible and to find the culprits and investigate the case,” the police said. ”However, theft is an organized crime and it is very important that police receive full cooperation from the people.”

”We also note that police have been receiving cooperation from the people in this type of cases,” the police notice added.

According to police, in the cases police received over the past 48 hours there were cases concerning large amounts of money, valuable properties and mobile phones.

Police said they had noticed that in most cases the thieves were able to steal valuable properties left in the sitting room or more visible areas, and in some cases they are able to get inside after the homeowners forget to lock the doors.

”These type of cases can be prevented if people are more cautious and use preventive methods such as not leaving valuable properties visible when sleeping.

Furthermore, the police urged people to hide money, jewelries and mobile phones in a safe place and reminded shops and offices not to store money inside their premises.

The police also reminded shop owners, offices and homeowners to make sure they lock their places before leaving for anywhere.


President Waheed departs for Faafu Nilandhoo

President Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik and First Lady Ilham Hussain departed for Faafu Atoll Nilandhoo on Friday afternoon.

According to the President’s Office, the President will also visit some islands of Dhaalu Atoll and observe activities carried out during the Eid holidays.

Former President Mohamed Nasheed meanwhile left for Haa Dhaal Kulhudhufushi on Thursday and attended a public feast after Eid prayers yesterday at the largest urban center north of the capital Male’.

Former President Nasheed as well as the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) Chairperson ‘Reeko’ Moosa Manik on Friday issued greetings and felicitations to all Maldivian citizens on the occasion of the Eid al-Adha.


Police conducting special operation for Eid holidays

Police are conducting a special operation during the ongoing Eid holidays to maintain security in the capital Male’ while a large portion of the population is out of the island.

The operation involves questioning people who are out after midnight and checking vehicles as well as providing security to closed office buildings.

Police have appealed to the public to take extra precaution to keep homes and offices safe during the holiday.


School exams bumped up for O-level schedule

Final examinations will be held earlier than planned at most secondary schools in capital Male, in order to avoid complications with O-level scheduling.

The Education Ministry issued the change after receiving requests from schools, and extended the new schedule to some atoll schools, reports Haveeru.

O-level examinations will being on October 16 this year, and will be held until mid-November. Some eighth- and ninth- year exams will coincide with the O-levels, Haveeru reports.

Requests to close school for the four days after the Eid holidays were not honored by the ministry.

Schools will resume their studies on November 10 but will again close on November 11 for three days to mark the Republic Day.