Police in New Caledonia have made more than 40 arrests in Noumea's residential areas over the weekend as part of a drive to fight crime.
More than 130 police officers were deployed for a large scale crime busting operation which involved various agencies.
76 people were reportedly sanctioned for public drunkenness.
The French High Commission said in the last week of March that more than 30 people were arrested in an operation aimed at curbing break-ins in commercial zones.
It encouraged worried residents to communicate their travel plans to the police as they coordinate checks as part of crime prevention.