The Central Regional Police Command has pledged to work diligently to tackle the 13 most prevalent crimes on the rise in the region.
These are murder, theft, defilement, rape, kidnapping, illegal mining, human trafficking, assaults, lawlessness, chiefdom conflicts, theft, traffic accidents and petty theft.
He said that for effective policing, the command has divided its territories into seven main divisions to help bring out the most prevalent crimes.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Kwadwo Antwi Tabi, Commander of the Regional Police, reassured the population that the Ghana Police Service will not give in to its mandate to prevent crime, uphold law and order and protect lives and property.
He said this during the Regional Coordinating Council (RCC) meeting to discuss the recorded successes, gaps and what could be done to raise the region’s standards in 2022.
In Cape Coast and surrounding areas, DCOP Antwi Tabi said theft, kidnapping, assaults and chiefdom disputes were the most prevalent in the region, while road traffic accidents, theft, theft skilled and lawlessness were general crimes recorded in almost every corner of the region.
Murder, human trafficking, rape and defiling were seasonal crimes, which were also on the increase in the districts of Gomoa, Agona, Ekumfi, Assin and Twifo-Hemang-Lower Denkyira.
Regarding illegal mining, he said landowners have voluntarily released their land to return it and the command is putting in place effective operational strategic plans to combat this act.
He urged drivers to exercise caution to avoid road accidents so that we can create a region free of crime.
The command would also intensify public education and awareness through the media to reach or involve society on the need to help fight crime.
“We will also not hesitate to arrest, detain and prosecute perpetrators of crimes for the public good.
Police were also engaging in rigorous raids and motorcycle patrols at very odd times to get criminals to book.
DCOP Antwi Tabi urged the public to put their safety first and parents should watch their children to prevent them from becoming victims of crime during Yuletide.
He urged everyone to put their ears to the ground and pay close attention to detail and brief the police if necessary to nip the crime in the bud.
“Help us protect your interests, we cherish our informants and stand ready to protect you, your lives matter to the police. Crime must never win, ”said the regional commander.