Tema Police Turn 310 Seized Motorbikes Into Scrap

Scrab MotobikesThe Tema Regional Police Command is scrapping 310 motorbikes it seized during exercises this year to clamp down on criminal activities within the Tema and Ashaiman areas.

This is to ensure that the bikes which were either used for criminal activities or were unregistered do not end up in the hands of criminals who may use them to terrorise residents.

The police have conducted pressmen round the forecourt of the Tema Regional Police Command where the bikes are being dismantled  before being escorted to the Tema Steel Works for conversion into iron rods and other steel products.

The Tema Regional Police Commander, DCOP Maxwell Atingane, said the police decided to scrap the bikes because of the problems the country is encountering with motor bikes being used for criminal activities such as the snatching of bags, stealing and robbing.

“We decided not to auction the motorbikes to the public because it was likely to go back to the criminals who would use it to rob the people”, he said.

He said the exercise is being supervised by the police so that scrap dealers would not end up selling the bikes. DCOP Atingane said from Tema the team would organise similar exercises at Ashaiman and other stations nearby.

He, however, noted, 170 vehicles had been claimed by their owners and the remaining 80 were being auctioned in line with C.I. 146 Sub Regulation B of 2012, which allows auctioneers to auction such vehicles after all necessary legal processes, public announcements and the owners have refused to come for them.

The proceeds realised at the auction would be lodged into the consolidated fund.

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