As part of measures to combat crime, guarantee road discipline, and prevent road traffic accidents in the Ashanti and Upper East regions, the police have cracked down on the use of unregistered motorcycles.
In total, 919 unregistered motorcycles were seized in the two jurisdictions.
116 unregistered motorcycles and 11 motorised tricycles were detained by four district and divisional police commands in the Upper East Region at the culmination of a four-day exercise carried out in all 15 divisions in the Ashanti Region.
Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Mr Godwin Ahianyo, the Ashanti Regional Police Public Relations Officer, informed the media that the exercise was part of the region’s commitment to combat violent crimes and make the region safe for inhabitants.
Following that, he added, all divisional commands conducted swoops at various suspected crime dens around the region, arresting 396 people.
He stated that the suspects had been examined and profiled since then, with those suspected of being involved in criminal activity being arrested and charged.
While some of them had been given bail, others had been remanded in detention and were awaiting trial, he said.
Motorbikes and tricycles were seized in the municipalities of Kassena Nankana, Builsa North, Bawku, and Bolgatanga in the Upper East Region.
The operation was part of a series of operations launched by the Upper East Regional Police Command to ensure that the various districts and divisional commands in the region’s districts and municipalities carried out a series of operations, including dawn swoops to seize and impound unregistered motorcycles and motorized tricycles like “Mahama-can-dos.”
The Upper East Regional Police Command’s Public Affairs Officer, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), Mr David Fianko-Okyere.
He explained that the drill was part of the Command’s overall security strategy to prevent crime, notably the use of unregistered motorcycles to commit highway robberies by armed persons, which had been a typical occurrence in robberies.
ASP Fianko-Okyere went on to say that the owners of the seized motorcycles and tricycles had been asked to submit paperwork proving ownership of the devices.
According to ASP Okyere, 16 motorcycles and four motorised tricycles were detained at Navrongo in the Kassena Nankana Municipality, and their “alleged owners were requested to go to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) to register the bikes and produce the documentation for inspection.”
The operation took place between 7 a.m. and 11 a.m. in Sandema, Builsa North Municipality, and 21 unregistered motorcycles and one Mahama-can-do were seized.
Personnel from the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) and the Formed Police Unit (FPU) detained 29 unregistered motorcycles and six motorized bicycles at the Bawku Divisional Police Command.
Surveillance Cameras (CCTV)
ASP Okyere also reported that in August, the Regional Police Command began installing CCTV cameras at strategic locations such as marketplaces, commercial avenues, and the main Bolgatanga-Navrongo highway, among other locations, all in an effort to curtail and reduce crime to the bare minimum.