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Novake: Burglaries and thefts more frequent, inhabitants do not report cases to police (RTK2, KoSSev portal)

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Burglaries and thefts became more frequent in the returnees village of Novake, nearby Prizren, while the latest one occurred over the weekend when several houses were broken into, household items were stolen and significant material damage done, KoSSev portal reported referring to RTK2.

Representatives of the village do not report any longer cases to the police, Serbian media further reported.

On the other side, Kosovo police claims they would be investigated any reported case till the end.

“As you can see there are several objects, targets of burglaries and a true vandalism. What has been taken, maybe it can be of use to them. But what they did on the spot is just for the sake of causing damage, to deny returnees even this small corner where they can stay during the summer,” Spasa Andrejevic, village representative and official at the municipal office for communities and returns told RTK2.

“Whenever we reported the cases, the cooperation was not as it should be. People are seeking results, to find perpetrators and to compensate stolen goods and damages made, which had never happened,” Spasic said.

A firewood stove was stolen this time, however Spasic reminded that a tractor, donated by the Serbian Orthodox Church Monastery Visoki Decani was also stolen, along with many other agricultural machinery.

According to the returnee Gligorievic out of 70 houses built in the village, only a dozen of them are not broken into.

Meanwhile, police said they are working to resolve as much cases as possible. The police mentioned the case of a church bell that was stolen, but returned to the village inhabitants. Spokesperson of the Prizren police, Hazir Berisha called upon Novake inhabitants to report the cases to the police.

Around 20 Serbs live in Novake nowadays, out of several hundreds who used to live in the village prior to June 1999, Serbian media reported.

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