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21 September: Counterfeit $TOP

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21 September 2011

The Ministry of Police, Fire Services have released their latest crime report for the period of 12-18 September 2011, reported by Acting Police Commander, Taniela Faletau.

  • Total of 52 criminal offences registered during the period 12 - 18/9/2011 compared to 81 the previous week, a decrease of 29 offences.
  • Out of the 52 crimes reported 24 registered at Central Police Station (Police District 1), 13 - - ‘Ohonua, ‘Eua, 06 - Ha'apai, 04 - Mu'a, 02 each at Nukunuku and Neiafu and 01 - Vaini.
  • Theft and forgery were the most reported crimes with 11 reported cases each followed by 10 - housebreaks, 06 - Assaults, 03 each - willful damage to property and trespass, 01 - bodily harm, 01 - indecent assault and 01 - falsification of accounts.

The 11 forgery and 01 falsification of account offences reported from ‘Eua relates to charges against a 27 years old male employee of a commercial bank at ‘Eua.

  • Total of 29 offences registered under Other Criminal Offences Act, and increase from 18 registered the previous week. Drunkenness and disorderly behavior offences under the Order in Public Places Act accounted for majority of offence committed.
  • Total of 114 offences were registered under the Traffic Act and Regulations compared to 166 offences the previous week.

Non-payment of motor vehicles quarterly license for September quarter was the most reported offence.

  • Counterfeit Tongan pa'anga $50 notes.

Police is investigating reports of counterfeit $50 pa'anga notes reported by ANZ Bank and J.M.Store Police issues warning to the general public to be more careful when dealing with Tongan pa'anga notes.

There are security features printed on the Tongan pa'anga notes to ensure genuiness.  These security features includes watermark of the King's image visible when note is held up to the light, a security thread is embedded inside the note and visible silver dashes on the fronts of the $1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and $50 denominations and NRBT.

The public is asked that if a counterfeit pa'anga note is detected, retain the note, note any details of the person who gave the note and contact the nearest Police Station and report to

Police hotline 23-419 can be contacted during working hours.

Please note that counterfeit money have no or zero value.

  • The new ‘Eua "Ohonua Community Police Station" was officially opened and commissioned by the Minister of Police, Prisons and Fire Services Hon. Lisiate ‘A. ‘Akolo on Wednesday 14 September 2011. The ceremony was attended by the Australian High Commissioner H.E. Thomas Roth, New Zealand High Commissioner H.E. Dr Jonathan Austin and Minister for Finance and National Planning Hon. Sunia Fili, Senior police executives and guests attended.

The Minister of Police on behalf of the Government of Tonga thanked the Governments of Australia and New Zealand for their contribution and support.

The building project cost T$1.1 million funded by the tripartite development partnership programme between Governments of Tonga, Australia and New Zealand known as Tonga Police Development Programme (T.P.D.P).  The ‘Ohonua Community Police Station is the second police station to be constructed with T.P.D.P. funding.  The first community police station was commissioned at Vaini on 08 September, 2010.

T. Faletau

Acting Police Commissioner


Issued by the: Ministry of Police, Fire Services and Prisons, Nuku'alofa, 2011.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 27 September 2011 10:02 )  

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