The Ghana Police Service has urged Ghanaians not to play into the agenda of armed robbers in believing there is heightened insecurity in the country.

According to the Director of Public Affairs for the Service, Supt Sheilla Kessie Abayie-Buckman, the phenomenon if not checked will begin to cause fear and panic among citizens as well as embolden the criminals.

She said that the Police is re-strategising to deal with what appears to be an increase in spate of crime.

“As long as the criminals are in the society, we cannot rest because they will continue to perpetrate crime. But for the greater majority of whatever is happening prevent measures are to stop the incidences from happening while we still work to arrest the criminals,” she said.

“So let us not play into the agenda of the criminals because if we do not support and continue which is actually to cause fear so that there will be mistrust in the system. Then what you do is to demoralise your security system and structures and you lose focus.”

Supt. Abayie-Buckman’s comments come on the back of a number of armed robbery cases recorded in recent times with some resulting in deaths and life-threatening injuries.

JoyNews Research Desk revealed that four bullion vans were attacked in the first half of 2021. In two of the cases, the police officers escorting the van were killed.

Also, in early June 2021, armed robbers stormed a forex bureau near Honeysuckle in Osu in broad daylight and robbed it of its currency among other criminal cases in parts of the country.

But the Police’s Director of Public Affairs dismissed claims Ghana is experiencing heightened insecurity.

Superintendent of Police, Sheila Abayie-Buckman, maintained that Ghana is a safe country and there is no threat of insecurity as is being suggested.

She insisted that the recent surge in crime cannot be described as a state of insecurity. Rather, it is a breach of state security measures.