Statistics from the Tamale metropolitan police indicate that the crime rate in the metropolis has fallen.
The Metropolitan Police Commander, Chief Superintendent Anthony Appiah disclosed this Tuesday when he presented the state of crime rate at the second ordinary meeting of the TaMA.
Figures from the first quarter of 2018 revealed that a total of 252 cases were reported between January and March this year compared to a total of 388 reported cases for the previous period a decrease of 136 cases.
Pilfering, according to the figures, was the most prevalent crime with a total of 104 cases followed closely by assault with 64 cases and fraud with false pretense, 20 cases. Out of the numbers, a total of 232 cases were found to be credible, 18 sent to court, 8 convicted, 2 accused acquitted and discharged, while 8 are awaiting trial.
Thirteen threats to harm cases were recorded and 179 are currently under investigation during the period under review.
Chief Superintendent Appiah said the second quarter saw further reduction. Between April and June, 173 cases were reported as against previous 252, a reduction of 79. Stealing, assault defrauding by false pretence and causing unlawful damage tops during the period under review.
The metropolitan police commander told assembly members that, the new regional police commander believes in educating the public on crime combating crime.
The commander he said the police command will soon be visiting schools, churches, Mosques and public places to educate the public on crime.
On swoops, he said 41 criminals were arrested during the forest and ghetto swoops. He told the house that most of the crime in the metropolis were mainly motor bike hijacking at some points within the metropolis.