Police must share their challenges with residents to improve policing

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Last week, armed robbers with clearly political motives attacked the Greda Estates residence of the Managing Editor of The DAYBREAK newspaper.

They may have scaled the walls or used a ladder, as has become the trend. Additionally, they may have disabled the watchdog through some mechanism that is yet to be unraveled. Whatever the motive was, they made away with items, including laptops.

The CCTV camera was destroyed, ostensibly to hide the identity of the perpetrators.

While the Editor cannot pretend to be more Ghanaian than others needing protection, the worry is that the community where the act of robbery took place is noted for persistent armed robbery attacks, though the community has cultivated the friendship of the police in helping construct a police station to facilitate policing work in the area.

Clearly, on account of the increase in criminal activities round the country, presence may be minimized. That is why we cannot eternally blame the police for their inability to protect us.

We, however, believe that in cases where the police have genuine reasons why their visibility would be minimized, it is imperative that they inform residents so that neighbourhood committees or such voluntary associations in any way they can to contain the situation.

That made clear, we believe the act was simply a way of the criminals intimidating the Editor and telling him that next time, it will be his life and not the laptops.

Our response is that cowards do not live long enough to achieve their obnoxious dreams. They are cut off when they least expect it.

And they must also be told that the days of barbarian politicians are over.