Robbery in Ghana drops from 50 to 15 cases a week – CID boss

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The Police Criminal Investigations Department (CID) says there has been a reduction in armed robbery incidents in residential areas across the country.

The Department said the average 50 robbery incidents recorded weekly from 2002 to 2008 has reduced to 15 cases.

Director-General of the Department, Bright Oduro told some Ghanaians in Hong Kong Tuesday that the decrease in crime rate is due to the war waged on armed robbers by the police.

“We are blessed in Ghana [that] we don’t actually record so many crimes [but] there are some that are of concern to all of us especially the police,” he said.

He noted that even though crime has not subsided substantially in the country, some inroads have been made in the clampdown on armed robbery.

Ghana is reported to lose over $50 million to crime yearly, which is largely residential, highway and cybercrimes.

The CID Boss said highway robberies, especially in the northern part of the country, are carried out by nomadic herdsmen in those areas.

But the incidents have reduced after the CID made some “decent arrests.”

Mr Oduro said although the police can prevent some crimes, there are others such as murdering one’s relatives that are beyond their control.

“But some of these can be controlled through education,” he noted.

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