The Upper East Regional police command has identified areas such as Soe, Zaare, Yorigo, and Yikene as hotspots for motorbike snatching in the Bolgatanga Municipality.
The common means of transport in the region is by motorbike but some time ago, the trend of motorbike snatching became alarming.
The Upper East Regional Police Commander, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Dr. Sayibu Pabi Gariba described canker of motorbike snatching as challenging to the command.
“The challenge I have in Bolga is that it appears like they are training young boys and they growing up, all that they learn is how to snatch motorbikes. And this is apparent in Soe, Zaare, Yorogo. Nowadays, Yikene is also becoming a hotspot for us. We’ve put in structures to combat all this. But when you try to eliminate this, arrest them, jail them, and then another small group resurfaces.”
The commander indicated that the issue of motorbike snatch has been reduced but his men are not asleep in combating it.
He said the police have powerful patrol teams at the peripherals “so that if you rob here and you go to the peripherals, those teams will catch you.”
He disclosed this when the new Upper East Regional executives of the Ghana Journalists Association paid a courtesy call on him.
DCOP Dr. Gariba added that there is a patrol team in the forest between Sherigu and Naaga to fight arm robbery cases.
While calling for the public corporation in combating crime, the police commander mentioned inadequate human resources, and logistics such as vehicles and motorbikes as a challenge in their quest to expand patrol services to all corners of the region.
Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1Mhz|Joshua Asaah|Bolgatanga|Ghana