I write with the aim of endorsing the safety tips Ghana police have been given in recent times and to urge citizens to help the police to provide security in our communities.
Commendably, the Ghana Police Service in its quest to be “a world class Police Service capable of delivering planned, democratic, protective and peaceful services up to standards of international best practices, its Public Affairs Directorate, from time to time updates the public on some trends adopted by criminals and provides some measures we should apply to ensure we are prevented and protected from criminals.
It’s evident that in recent times, the police have come out with several security tips updating the general public on some modus operandi of criminals to alert us in case we are confronted with some of these security challenges. The purpose obviously is to live up to their mandate of preventing crime and protecting life and property of all persons in Ghana.
As a believer of the saying “to be forewarned is to be forearmed” I think those information the Police shared with the public on criminal activities if taken seriously will help minimize crime in our communities.
In spite of these police efforts to maintain law and order in the country, there are still pockets of information in the media about one person or the other been swindled,duped or defrauded of money or other properties.
I’m of the opinion that some law abiding citizens do not adhered to the safety tips or think it’s just for the media, either take it as play or as usual talks.
Please let us be reminded that much as the Police are ever ready to protect us from criminals in our society, it is also incumbent on us as citizens law abiding to take some safety measures wherever we find ourselves ,be it our homes, mosques ,churches offices or schools.
Here are some security tips from the police and must be seriously observed for our personal security. This will help us to secure ourselves even before Police comes in when we are attacked by criminals in our daily activities.
I must say that these tips though are helpful they are to serve as only guidelines and pre warning notice to aide you especially in preventing the crime from occurring. These don’t in any way constitute laid down procedures to deal with criminals when you are caught up in action.
1. Using Vehicle to Hit Police Car; whenever you are told by a friend or an alien that he has used his vehicle to hit a police vehicle as such needed some money to settle the police who demands money for the car repairs, please note that it’s not true it’s just a way to defraud you. The police do not take money from motorists when they are involved in accidents with their vehicles.
2. Gold or diamond; I suggest that persons dealing with gold or interested in gold business should be careful to verify from the appropriate official agency, that is the minerals commission about the authenticity of metal bars presented to them as gold before purchasing same because they may be presented with a scrap metal instead of gold bar.
3. Shift to left or right or assisting you to open or close doors in a taxi; this is usually done by a taxi driver and an occupant. Here the driver tells the other occupant whom he is seated at the back seat to help roll the car glass, lock or open the door well for him, in the process your wallet containing money or any easy- to- carry item you have is taken stolen. Then they ask you to alight in the middle of the road because they did not hear your destinations before picking you. Be smart and check your valuables before consenting to the offer or not.
4. Send or receive mobile money; this has to do with the mobile money transaction. A call is placed to you informing you that some money has been sent to your mobile money account by mistake but he will need your number to block it or you can return the money to his number. After you do so then the phone goes off and that is all. Check if you have indeed some money which does not belong to you. Never send or disclose your password to a third party.
5. Buying an auction car at harbour ; this I’m sure most Ghanaians are aware , yet people allow themselves to be duped. Fraudsters operating with this modus tell you, the car you are interested in buying is cheaper via auction so give him or her half the amount in the open market for him or her to deliver the car to you at an appointed date. When you give them such money communication ends.
Another twist of it is that they sometimes display for sale on vehicles and when you express interest they arrange for you to see the real owner who is an accomplice. After you agree with them on the price and the amount is paid, you are asked to wait with the first person you dealt with whilst the original owner depart with the car to bring original documents who never comes, in the process this man with you leaves you behind.
6. Buying car at a garage but your type is at harbor;some men position themselves in a car selling port and approach individuals entering or leaving the port and ask if they are interested in a particular vehicle. If they respond yes, they tell you they have same car at harbour and bring deposit so it can be cleared from the port for you to pay full amount after clearing, when that commitments is done they bolt away with your money. Let’s us be careful and report any suspicious characters we are dealing with to the police for assistance.
I have observed that in all these modus, the criminals succeed with people who are either ignorant or unsuspecting individuals. I therefore, wish to inform the general public not to be so attracted to sugar coated words, cheap products, and should not assume, or adopt had I know attitude.
Don’t entertain or Open unsolicited mails in the internet because these are platforms criminals use to get information about you. Limit personal information posted on the net because it gives criminals opportunity to know your identity.
In fact anytime you are confronted with such situation outlined in these article don’t be timid but be vigilant and ready to inform the nearest police officer close to you or call the police on 18555, or 191 for assistant.You can also reach Police on Facebook: Ghana Police Service and Twitter; @GhPoliceService.
Note that accurate information given to the police will help them act expeditiously. Let us not use the police hotlines for malice, joke or mischief instead use them to ensure safety and security in our environment.
By C/Inspr. Fianko – Okyere David
Public Affairs Directorate