The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service has cautioned the public, particularly commercial drivers on new methods of car snatching by criminals.
This caution was as a result of the increasing reports of car snatching from unsuspecting drivers by criminal gangs in the country.
A statement issued and copied to the Ghana News Agency by the service and signed by the Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Ms Juliana Obeng of the Public Affairs Unit of the CID has stated.
It said “Statistics at the CID suggests an increase in the reportage of the above-mentioned crime. The fraudsters will hire a taxi driver to a distant and lonely place and in the process execute their intended purpose”.
The statement added that the act begins by a passenger boarding the car. The passenger after boarding the car then befriend the driver, through which he/she offers the driver something to drink, mainly energy drink. The driver out of ignorance consumes the drink and becomes drowsy.
That it is through this state of drowsiness that the criminal pushes the driver out of the car and bolts away with it.
The CID is, therefore, cautioning all drivers to desist from accepting consumable items from passengers in order not to fall, victim.
The Police are calling on anyone who had fallen victim to such crimes and has not yet reported to do so.