The number of homicide cases being reported in the country is extremely alarming. Violent crimes are now deeply entrenched in some parts of the country many the whole nation unsafe for living.
In just one week, Ghana has recorded more than five different homicide cases across the country with the very recent case where a sports journalist killed three children and stored their flesh in a refrigerator. There was another report where a police officer was gruesomely murdered by alleged boyfriend and many more.
Our experts offer the following solutions with which the inspector general of police, Dr George Dampare can implement to bringing down this cruel acts.
1. Implementation of stricter punishment. Stricter punishment would serve as a deterrent to anyone who will want to follow the footsteps of the offenders. Some of these people after serving their jail term comes out to commit even more crimes. The best punishment homicides deserve is life imprisonment or even death.
2. Ghana Police must try and avoid repressive policies: Sometimes it is advisable to approach some of these problems from different angle apart from crime and security and law enforcement only. While these are the good and play significant role in clamping down crimes, development interventions that seeks the drivers of the violence.
3. Target inequality and socioeconomic status of the people. Many of the reported homicide cases were used for money rituals. Universal provision of jobs, high quality childcare, narrowing the difference between the top to bottom earnings and rebuilding economic prosperity and wages will drastically reduce crime and violence in the long run
Reducing crimes in our societies is a collective effort by both Civilians and the security officials at large.
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