The San Ġwann Mayor has expressed his worry upon hearing the latest reports involving harassment taking place in the locality, considering that it has a low crime rate.
This comes after a series of shocking stories emerged from San Ġwann, including sexual harassment, indecent public displays, and a lack of safety on the roads.
“The reports are very worrying to read, given that San Ġwann has a very low crime rate. It is also evident that police foot patrols have increased in our locality,” Trevor Fenech told Lovin Malta.
“It is important for these victims to make a police report so that the latter can gather the required information to investigate these allegations and seek justice,” the mayor urged.
He also stated that the local council has no control over police resourcing, and continued on to say that “I only have words of praise for our police force”.
However, it has been reported by many residents of the locality, that the San Ġwann police station is hardly ever open, with people having to file their reports in St Julian’s.
“From the council’s point of view, in the last four years, we have upgraded its lighting fixtures in 6 of the major gardens, ‘Ġnien Karen Grech being the first one. We have also started installing CCTV and we will continue. This is a very strong tool to deter any criminal activity,” he said.
The mayor concluded by saying that San Ġwann has always been a safe locality, promising that they will continue upgrading the infrastructure, going on to say that the locality is still however not insulated from the rest of the country.
First, Lovin Malta was approached by a woman who was followed home at 6pm and sexually assaulted in her apartment’s communal area, who filed a police report about the ordeal.
Following this shocking recount, a mother came forward, detailing how her 14-year-old daughter was recently followed home by a van that kept asking her to get in with him and whistling at her.
And earlier this week, a woman came forward after she encountered a man masturbating while looking at children playing at the San Gwann playground, hiding in bushes next to the bus stop.