Crime on the increase in Central Region

A total of 4,024 stealing cases were recorded in the Central Region last year, as against the 1,538 the previous year, indicating an increase of 2,486 cases.

Defilement cases increased from 191 in 2013 to 273 last year, and rape cases from 38 in 2013 to 56 last year.

Chief Superintendent James Acheamfour Amoako, the Regional Crime Officer, who disclosed this to the GNA in Cape Coast on Thursday, said stealing and assault cases had been on the rise over the years.

He said crime in general increased from 18,676 in 2013 to 18,679, last year.

Murder, robbery and possession of narcotic drugs however, reduced; murder from 49 in 2013 to 39 in 2014, with robbery down from 156 in 2013 to 79 last year, and narcotic drug possession, 71 from 96 in 2013.

Last year, 1,911 cases went to court, out of which 572 of the offenders were convicted, and 83 acquitted.

He said 1, 256 other cases are awaiting trial, while 13,644 are under investigation and 2,190 closed, due to inconsistencies in the complaints. Of the 3,326 cases sent to court, in 2013, 1,343 people were convicted, 86 were acquitted, 1,890 awaiting trial and 7,584 under investigation.

Chief Supt. Amoako disclosed that for the second time running in two years, there was no case of manslaughter and that last year, four attempted murder cases were recorded, while 810 threat of death cases were recorded.

He disclosed further that effective patrols, and swoops were used to reduce the crimes.

He said that the Regional Command was optimistic of further decline this year, due to the introduction of other security measures, as the police visibility in crime-prone areas.

Chief Supt. Amoako urged the public to volunteer information to the police, in order to prevent crime.

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