According to the Bureau of Public Safety (BPS), overall recorded violent crimes declined by roughly 12% in the first half of 2022 compared to the same period in 2021, according to the report “Ghana Public Safety and Crime Report January-June 2022.” According to the report, reported cases of murder or manslaughter, armed robbery, and civil disorder declined 20 percent, 19 percent, and 22 percent less in 2022 than they did in 2021.
“Reported deaths arising out of violent crimes increased by 1.2% in Y2022 compared to the same period in Y2021. Despite the decrease in the number of violent crime incidents, more people continue to fall victim to violent crime activities, leading to an increase in deaths resulting from violent crime activities. “Reported use of firearms in the commission of violent crimes in Y2022 increased by more than 4% over the same period in Y2021,”the report indicated.
Reported cases of illegal arms trafficking, possession, and unauthorized use increased by over 300% in the first half of 2022 over the same period in 2021, the BPS said. “Data monitored showed a 2% increase in reported police arrests for the first half of Y2022 compared to the same period in Y2021.”