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14.05.2007 General News

Car snatching on the increase

By myjoyonline
Statistics from the Police Headquarters in Accra have indicated that car snatching has increased to 34 within the first quarter of this year as compared to 19 for the same period last year.

According to Inspector Dompreh the Public Relations Officer of the Greater Accra Regional Police, Opel Astra is the main targeted car for armed robbers because it can move very fast.

He explained that one of the reasons why car snatching is on the ascendancy is that most taxi drivers do not belong to any union and that has made it very difficult for the police to monitor them.

He added that some taxi drivers are lazy and always give their cars to spare drivers who at times condone with robbers for illegal operations.

According to him, most drivers are very greedy to the extent that they accept big offers to take unsuspected criminals to long distances even to very remote areas that they are ignorant of.

Inspector Dompreh also noted that last year the police took it upon themselves and organised educational campaigns for drivers against car snatching alongside with tit bits and precautions but some have been reluctant to take precautions.

"Drivers who have been victims of car snatching syndicates are the very ones who refuse to take preventive measures" he said.

He urged all drivers to be alert of people who hire their services and the places they are hired to go.

Source: Ghanaian Voice