Hostel operators urged to improve facility security | Social
The Upper West Regional Police Command has urged hostel operators in the region to put in place pragmatic measures to improve their hostels’ security systems to protect the lives and property of guests.
The command said it learned that armed robbery and rape of students were happening in some hostels in Wa.
The command noted that many hostels in the area were mostly occupied by students who were at risk of being attacked by unscrupulous people.
The Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP), Mr. Peter Ndekugri, Commander of the Upper West Regional Police, raised the security issues at some hostel premises during a meeting with hostel operators and managers. hostels in Wa.
He said it was the responsibility of hostel managers and owners to protect the lives and property of their customers.
The regional commander urged the hostel managers to engage the services of qualified private security agencies to work hard to stop the threat.
“We are not going to take this lightly with any hostel refusing to provide security for its occupants if they are attacked.
“The security of your hostel is important. Don’t think about abnormal hostel profits, occupant safety should be your top priority,” he said.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (ACP) Mr. Prince Gabriel Waabu, Deputy Commander of Police, Upper West Region, warned that any hostel that comes under attack due to the negligence of the managers of that hostel to ensure proper security, risk of having the installation closed.
According to him, better hostel security would also improve the operation of hostels as students would feel safe visiting them.
ACP Waabu cited a case where a student was raped in one of the hostels because there was no security in the hostel at the time, which he said was unacceptable.
He advised operators and managers to consider installing CCTV cameras and other detection equipment in their facilities to help combat the threat.
Some of the directors of the hostels praised the police for the initiative they had taken to help improve the safety of the hostels, but noted that the attitude of some of the students occupying the hostels was also of concern.
They therefore suggested rigorous sensitization of students on safety issues and their personal safety should be considered as their top priority.
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