The machete robberies which occurred in the same Chinese trade store shortly after noon on 22 December 2015, and during the afternoon of 5 January 2016 respectively, count as violent crimes enveloping the end-of-the-year holiday period in Honiara.
First of all, this article documents the robberies themselves, before providing extensive background information on relevant topics. Regardless of whether or not these crimes were committed solely because of the problems in the robber's squatter's community, the reader may find some other factors which could have augmented the probability of such crimes happening. This article presents an in-depth overview of that community (Burns Creek), as well as of security companies (and their background) related to the store which seem either directly involved in pressurizing the storekeeper, or via a Chinese intermediate. Anecdotal evidence reveals that these security companies might cause trouble to its competitors (or their competitors' clients). Although no direct evidence links this to the specific robberies, background information is presented on resentment towards 'new' Chinese. Further more, it is demonstrated that RAMSI fails to re-direct reporters of crime to appropriate institutions (fails even to respond to such reporters), which is dangerous considering that some locals still consider RAMSI to be the most appropriate organization to solve crime cases. Finally, it is claimed that criminals who end up in the hospital are usually not re-captivated afterwards by the RSIPF, and that the RSIPF or the National Referral Hospital
sometimes releases criminals because they know them or because they look like family to them. Local Chinese are subjected to RSIPF's bribes, as is confirmed by interviews with Chinese from both low as well as from high societal rank.