The Bureau of Public Safety is a non-profit organization working together with Government agencies, Businesses and Civil Society Organizations towards improving the quality of public safety through advocacy, education and development of programs for sustainable development of the environment and public health to improve the quality of life of the citizenry across the country and the West African sub region.
The Bureau of Public Safety has revealed that violent crimes in the country went up by 40.8 % compared to the situation in 2020. This was contained in the 2021 edition of the annual ‘Ghana Public Safety and Crime Report. Data in the report indicated that associated deaths also went up by 53.7 %, representing a record jump from the previous report. The report also found that the Greater Accra Region and the Ashanti Region topped the chart, for regions with the greatest number of crime incidents for the year under review. The report stated that Ashanti Region is the murder capital of the country, returning 23% of all homicide cases reported across the country in 2021.
Central Region dominated reported aggravated assault cases across the country by returning 23 percent of all aggravated assault cases reported for the period. Firearm use in the commission of reported violent crime has increased for the third year running, increasing in 2021 by 57.6% over 2020. With data suggesting that more than 70% of the top three incidents of violent crimes occurred outside the places of abode of the victims, the Bureau of Public Safety called for public education “about situational awareness and dangers in transitional spaces.”
It also emphasised the need to expand community policing while suggesting that state-mounted CCTV cameras should be deployed, and footage occasionally released to the public to promote awareness and serve as a deterrent to would-be criminals.
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