Data emanating from Ghana’s Bureau of Public Safety (BPS) suggests that crime rates have risen dramatically this year.
There has been an increase in violent crimes, as well as a significant increase in the number of people killed as a result of these crimes, when comparing the first half of 2020 to the first half of 2021.
The executive secretary of the Bureau of Public Safety, Nana Yaw Akwadaa speaking on the sunrise morning show on 3FM said, “If you compare the first half of this year and the first half of last year, firearms have gone up by 79% and machete and knife being used in violent crimes has also gone up significantly, so it is something we need to focus attention on which is gun control
This report comes on the heels of a series of crimes committed within the last two weeks. Of particular interest is the alleged murder of a pastor and wife at Ayitikope in the Akatsi south municipality of the Volta region.
Giving an account of the incident, the Assemblyman of the area, Dery Agbo, said the decomposed bodies of the couple were found in the room.
Another incident was about the Member of Parliament for Sissala West Constituency in the Upper West Region, Mohammad Adama Supraku, who was also attacked by armed men upon his return from a funeral. He and the occupants of his vehicle, however, escaped unharmed.
The Bureau of Public Safety said the majority of the crimes recorded including murders and manslaughters happened outside the victims’ homes.