A researcher in the Ashanti Region says police should not announce their strategies to combat crime in the various communities in the media.

According to Maclean Amoako-Tuffour, robbers also use that as an opportunity to change their mode of operation, which puts the police far behind them.

“I side with their constant update, but the update should not include strategies they are using. When we are to bring in the west, they are most of the times ahead of the criminals. Here, we are more or less reacting to the criminals.”

“So, when we tell them that we have changed our strategy, that ‘this is how we are going to be going about stuff’, it puts them further ahead, and they can prepare better,” he told Evans Mensah on Ghana Connect, Friday.

Mr Amoako-Tuffour comment follows Ghanaians’ concern about a possible surge in crimes in the country.

Among others, armed robbers killed a police officer, Emmanuel Osei, an eyewitness, Efua Badu, and injured a bullion van driver at Adedenkpo, a suburb of Jamestown in Accra on Monday.

A bullion van was attacked by armed robbers at Gomoa Okyereko on the Kasoa – Winneba road Thursday afternoon, barely four days after the incident at Adedenkpo.

Residents and motorists, who ply the Achimota-GIMPA stretch recently, have been complaining about various attacks by criminals.

Among other things, some citizens have raised concerns about the security in their various communities, with Security Analyst, Adam Bonaa, calling for the head of the Inspector General of Police (IGP), James Oppong-Boanuh.

He said the IGP must retire for a more enthusiastic officer to take over.

Mr Bonaa said the failure of the police to curb the surge in robbery cases can be attributed to the non-replacement of aged police officers with young and energetic ones who can introduce innovative ways to fight the ongoing menace.

“I am putting the blame at the doorsteps of the Police IGP, and I am advocating that he should go; he has reached retirement age, they have given him two extensions, so he should go home for more enthusiastic, energised officers who are within the 60 years limit to take over and probably put a bit more enthusiasm into the Ghana Police.

“When was the last time we saw any serious reshuffle? Police operation reshuffle, commanders being moved left and right, nothing,” he added.

Meanwhile, Mr Amoako-Tuffour said he believes in the Ghana Police Service to protect the citizens.

“I am not shaken by current happenings but we just have to sit up and do better than we are doing now, because even one life lost is too much. But I believe that the police should be on top of their job and they are up to it,” he added.