The Director-General, Public Affairs Directorate of the Ghana Police Service, ACP David Eklu has said even though the crime index indicates that Accra is safe, “it does not mean we are not out of the woods as a country”.
ACP Eklu’s comment follows recent reports of kidnappings and other crimes in the country.
In Takoradi in the Western Region, three girls have been kidnapped since August 2018 and have since not been found. The three girls are 21-year-old Priscilla Blessing Bentum, last seen on 17 August 2018; 18-year-old Ruth Love Quayson, last seen on 4 December 2018; and 18-year-old Priscilla Mantebea Koranchie, last seen on 21 December 2018.
Two Canadian women were also recently kidnapped at Ahodwo, a suburb of Kumasi, on Tuesday, 4 June 2019.
Speaking on GTV’s Talking Point on Sunday, 9 June 2019, ACP Eklu said: “Crime is on the rise in the neighbourhoods and I’ll say that that is something we should be worried about.
“Even though the crime index actually indicated that Accra is pretty safe, it doesn’t mean that we are out of the woods.
“There’s a need for us to tighten the security, improve on what we’re doing.
“Even this is the time that we should do thorough searching to find out the cracks, the weak points so that we can still maintain that lead. Because this could be temporary. Tomorrow, the dynamics can change”, Mr Eklu said.
He also urged citizens to be vigilant.
“The most important thing is that we should not let our guards down. There is something that we should worry about; those of us who are duty bearers and, of course, those who we serve, should also look at it and see what we can do to improve on the situation or anyway get out of the situation.”