Western Region crime rate down by 25%

MOHAMMED ALHASSAN (IGP) (7)Crime rate in the Western Region last year, reduced by 25 percent over the previous year.

The Western Regional Police Commander, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Isaac Alex Quainoo, who disclosed this said 13,803 crime cases were recorded in 2014, as compared to 17,830 cases recorded in 2013, a decrease of 4,209.

He mentioned crimes in which reductions were recorded as robbery, murder, possession of narcotic drugs, defilement, theft, defrauding by false pretences, illegal mining and illegal abortion.

DCOP Isaac Quainoo made this known at the annual West African Security Services Activity (WASSA), organised by the Western Regional Police Command in Takoradi on Friday to take stock of the year under review and chart a way forward.

He said there was a reduction of motor accidents last year, with 458 cases as compared to748 recorded in 2013.

DCOP Quainoo said the police arrested criminals of ages ranging between 19 and 48 years, some of whom had been prosecuted and convicted to serve various prison terms while others were still being tried.

He said 37 fatal accidents with 56 deaths were recorded last year as compared with 85 with 97 deaths in 2013.

The Police Commander entreated the public to provide the police with clues on the hideouts of criminals and other vital information that could lead to their arrest, so as to curb crime in the region and the country at large.

The Deputy Regional Minister, Alfred Ekow Gyan, commended the Police for their commitment and professionalism in maintaining law and order over the years and entreated them to continue with their good work.

He also praised the police for handling, with tact, cases of illegal small-scale mining, chieftaincy disputes and armed robberies in the region

“In all these, there is the need to assist our security agencies; and one way of doing so is for our people to be forthcoming with information and leaks, that will assist the police in their work,” he stressed.

Mr. Gyan stressed that crime combat was a shared responsibility, stressing that the police could not do it alone but only with the collaborative efforts of the entire citizenry.

—GNA

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