- The Ghana Police Service has cautioned the public on the rise in robbery and defilement cases
- The report however said the crime rate in general, has declined, with major offences such as rape, murder and narcotics all maintaining a steady rate of occurrence
The Ghana Police Service has expressed worry about the rise in cases of robbery and defilement across the country.
The latest annual report released by the police indicates that most of these cases were recorded following street robberies.
The report identified crimes like rape, murder and narcotics as crimes that have been on the rise in the country.
It said while crime in general has declined, the most affected in recent times have been mobile money operators.
According to the police, mobile money operators are being targeted due to the proliferation of the service and the perception that they always have money on them.
“A critical look at the data indicates that street robbery has accounted for the slight increase in the robbery cases recorded between the years 2016-2017. Street robbery has accounted for the increase in robbery in 2017,” sections of the report read.
The report also said the police must periodically organise swoops if they are to be able to reduce the crime rate in the country.
“…To effectively manage the crime situation, especially robberies, the police periodically conduct intelligence swoops by the new Directorate of Intelligence,” it added.
Part of the plan to combat crime has also seen the police put in place measures to establish intelligence units at the regional levels.
Until now, the police had its intelligence unit only stationed at its headquarters in Accra.
The police has also increased its motorbike and vehicular patrols as well as its snap checks in a bid to reduce crime.
Meanwhile, parents have also been advised to keep watchful eyes on their daughters in order not to expose them to threats of defilement.
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