Thieves in Ghana have now devised new strategy to steal personal belongings of passengers in commercial buses.
The thieves, buy tickets to board long journey bound buses at lorry terminals as passengers to carry out their operation by stealing portable personal belongings mostly mobile phones, laptops, purse and other valuable of other passengers when they alight at rest stop to either buy food or visit the washroom.
The thieves, after the operation then disembark by sneaking out of the bus.
This new way of thievery has been identified by Management of Linda Dor Ghana and the Police .
Some passengers lost their valuables on Sunday, 18th April, 2021, in a similar fashion at Linda Dor restaurant at Bunso junction in the Eastern region when passengers on an Accra to Yendi bound bus with registration number AC 1403-20 alighted from the bus to visit the washrooms.
Preliminary investigations by Management suggests that the suspect was onboard the bus and after carrying out the operation alighted and bolted away.
According to Management of Linda Dor restaurant they have communicated this modus operandi to the various transport companies to be on alert in their previous engagement with them.
Nonetheless, management say it has beefed up internal security in addition to the installation of 24hrs operational CCTV cameras on the premises of the restaurant to help track such perpetrators at the back of the recent incident .
“At the moment, our priority is to take appropriate interventions to beef up our security controls already in place thereby increasing police presence at the Linda Dor Police Post and on the Accra-Kumasi highway. Management of the hospitality giant reassures the general public that, there is no cause for alarm. Management is collaborating with the police for further investigation leading to the arrest of the suspect” Emmanuel Oduro-Boakye -Linda Dor Marketing Manager said .
According to Management of Linda Dor, it will ensure that properties of passengers in commercial buses are policed whenever they visit the facility.