Seventy-one vehicle theft cases were recorded nationwide from January to June this year. The vehicles include cross country vehicles and salon cars.
Twenty-five of such vehicles have been retrieved and 14 people arrested and prosecuted.
The Director of Operations at the Police Criminal Investigations Department (CID), Chief Superintendent Felix Mawusi, who disclosed this at a news conference in Accra yesterday, expressed worry about the increased rate of vehicle theft in the country.
He said their modus operandi is that the perpetrators pose as agents and operate as a gang where they sell the vehicles to their victims at high prices.
Chief Supt. Mawusi said “the fraudsters also pretend to rent the vehicles and later use them as bank collateral or sell them.
“People pose as prospective buyers, they bargain and under the guise of test driving, they steal the vehicles,” he added.
He said as part of efforts to address the vehicle theft situation, the Police was collaborating with stakeholders such as the garages associations, micro-finance companies and the management of Tonaton.com. to put in place strategies toward addressing the trend.
Chief Supt. Mawusi cautioned the public to do due diligence before buying vehicles and advised prospective buyers to make enquiries of the status of vehicles at the Custom Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority, International Police Organisation (INTERPOL) and the CID.
“The presentation of original car documents is no guarantee that a transaction is safe or genuine, buyers are therefore required to deal only with the owners of the vehicles.” he cautioned.
By Anita Nyarko-Yirenkyi