Scale up deployment of state-mounted CCTVs to fight increasing crime rate – BPS

The Bureau of Public Safety (BPS) has asked the government and the Ghana Police Service to increase the deployment of Closed-circuit television (CCTVs) as part of efforts to fight crime in the country.

BPS also said footages should occasionally be released to the public in order to promote awareness and serve as a deterrent to would-be criminals.

A report issued by the BPS said that violent crimes such as armed robbery and homicide cases occurred more frequently on our roads and highways, offices, shops, places of worship, places of entertainment, and other transitional spaces than in homes.

“Efforts to educate the public about situational awareness and dangers in transitional spaces, and community policing cannot be
over-emphasized. 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,” the report said.

It added “The National Road Safety Authority Regulation must lead efforts to improve the road experience in Ghana. The continual rise in road traffic crashes and fatalities in the last decade can be halted. Regulations on speeding, the whole regime of driver licensing, training, and retraining are low-hanging fruits that are yet to be harnessed.

Mob actions against community Police stations and posts are becoming a worrying phenomenon. The Police administration must take deliberate steps to build police-community relations in order to stop the trend or at least reduce the incidence of mob actions on Police
stations; as such attacks does not only endanger lives of serving officers but also property at the cost of the tax payer.

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By Laud Nartey||Ghana


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