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Rape, defilement cases increase in U/E Region

Though crime statistics for 2017 and 2018 in the Upper East Regional have shown significant improvement in the fight against crime, statistics for the same period have indicated that rape cases sharply shot up from eight in 2017 to 18 in 2018.

The Regional Police Commander, DCOP/Mr. Osei Kwaku Ampofo-Duku, who made these disclosures at the 2018 West African Security Services Association (WASSA) celebration in Bolgatanga, said he has tasked the Commander of the Domestic Violence and Victims Support Unit (DOOVSU) to step up public education on domestic violence and other related cases in order to reduce the commission of crime to the barest minimum possible.

It was also revealed that defilement cases increased from 25 in 2017 to 29 in 2018.

On robbery, which reduced from 60 in 2017 to 38 in 2018, the Commander said the reduction was a result of proactive security measures put in place, such as escorting of buses to and from market centers.

DCOP Ampofo-Duku also said: “The Regional Command has also stepped up patrols in crime-prone areas, and that also contributed to the reduction of robbery cases in the region. The figure will get even better if the communities volunteer credible information to the police.”

Other crime areas that witnessed reductions included murder, which reduced from 20 cases in 2017 to 12 in 2018. Narcotics cases reduced from 18 cases in 2017 to 11 in 2018, while stealing reduced from 1,227 cases in 2017 to 1,169 in 2018. Kidnapping also increased from one to two cases.

Touching on the significance of the theme of the WASSA celebration – “Consolidating ideas against vigilantism for national safety” – DCOP Ampofo-Duku said the police was committed to the safety and security of persons and property of the country.

He, therefore, called for effective collaboration between the police and the general public to ensure that information was relayed and received timeously, to check the activities of miscreants.

The Upper East Regional Minister, Paulina Patience Abayage, who was the Guest of Honour, applauded the security agencies for the level of peace the region has enjoyed over the years.

She, however, admonished them that they step up adequate security measures, especially, at the borders, as ways of averting the intrusion of militant groups in neighbouring West African countries.

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