Robert Anane, GNA
Accra, Dec 30, GNA –
The public has been cautioned to be security conscious, while engaging in
activities to mark the New Year.
typically take advantage of the excitement that characterise festive occasions
to indulge in unlawful activities.”
Mr Irbard Ibrahim, a
security expert, told the Ghana News Agency in an interview that December 31st
night activities to mark the New Year, mainly entailing church services and
other forms of social meetings, easily got people excited to the point of
losing their usual sense of caution.
He said it was worth
knowing that criminals were well aware of this and could easily take advantage
of the situation.
Mr Ibrahim urged
parents and guardians to accompany their children to church services and all
other occasions during New Year’s Eve celebrations, since unaccompanied children
made an easy target for kidnappers.
He also urged people
to move in groups as much as possible, and to also plan their routes very
carefully, so as not to risk falling victim to lurking criminals.
Mr Ibrahim said both
pedestrians and motorists should be careful with either accepting or offering
lifts, adding that whilst criminals often kidnapped people by pretending to
offer lifts, they could also posed as stranded pedestrians to harm unsuspecting
neighbourhoods to collaborate on crime prevention as much as possible and
people should ensure that their homes were well locked up or watched over, as
they left for the 31st night activities.
The security expert
cautioned people on the need to stay safe with social media updates saying,
“be careful how much you put out there because you could give clues to
criminals through your updates.”
He advised the
public to take advantage of the heavy police presence to quickly report
suspicious persons and situations, and help protect life and property.
The Ghana Police
Service, recently launched an operation dubbed “Operation Father
Christmas”, to increase public police presence during the yuletide,
especially within crime prone areas.
The operation is
also to make the police more accessible to the public because of the potential
for criminals to plan activities during festive occasions.