Ghanaian Chronicle

Rampant burglaries at police barracks …with surrounding kiosks and container serving as conduits

Date published: October 11, 2012

Stories by Bernice Bessey

 

If the set men over the city gates and walls become victims of robberies then what should the citizens do? This was a question posed by personnel of the Ghana Police Service, complaining bitterly about frequent thefts at the Odorkor barracks.

The supposed security area, which has been turned into a free zone for petty trading, cannot even protect its residents, as officers wake-up every morning to receive complaints of burglaries.

The officers blame the administration of the Ghana Police Service for its inability to complete a fence wall to prevent unscrupulous people from invading the barracks.

One police personnel, sharing his experience with the Accra File, said that several officers had suffered from thieves and burglars breaking into their vehicles and apartments to steal their belongings.

The officer stated that his car tape, lights, and side mirrors had been stolen several times, and while he made official complaints, nobody had been arrested so far.

He added that the stealing of domestic gas cylinders was also a common practice in the barracks.

He blamed it on the inability of the police service to complete a fence wall, which would, at least, serve as a security check.

He explained that if there were security gates with personnel in charge to check and take notice of those who visit the barracks daily, like the military barracks, thieves and other criminals would find it difficult to continue with their negative activities.

The officer added that although there was about 600 security personal in the barracks, the service had not assigned any guards to protect their properties.

He asserted that the barrack’s roads were in a deplorable condition, while erosion was also gradually eating up the compound. “I don’t know why Ghana Police, our barracks, are not given the needed attention by the government like our counterparts in the military. Why wouldn’t the civilians disrespect us when our living condition is nothing to write home about?”

A visit by the file to the barracks clearly exposed how these law and order enforcers default in keeping their environment clean, as the container that is supposed to aid the proper disposal of rubbish was overflowing and had not been emptied.

Last year, the Accra File reported about police barracks accommodating all manner of illegal structures, kiosks and containers.

Although, some police stations have demolished these structures, the Tesano Police Training School is still having illegal structures along its walls.

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