A report by the state-owned newspaper, Daily Graphic, to the effect that thieves are harassing motorists, traders at the Kasoa tollbooth, is a matter of grave concern.
According to the said news item, these thieves resort to snatching of various items from their victims who are normally on-board vehicles stuck in traffic.
The Daily Graphic report goes on to point out they are able to carry out their criminal activities because after robbing their victims of their personal belongings (including mobile phones and bags,) they quickly dash into the bushes along the River Densu, obviously making it difficult for anyone to pursue them.
From the above, Weekend Today can deduce that the thieves have made the Kasoa tollbooth area their safe haven where they are making loads of money from passengers and motorists.
It is serous matter, which Weekend Today believes must be addressed as easily as practicable.
We should not wait for these thieves to start robbing passengers at gunpoint before we act, especially as that has, most often, been our attitude to menaces that have threatened lives and properties in this country
However, we do not want to believe that the police close to the tollbooth are not aware of this menace. We are sure they have received reports of passengers complaining of being robbed by thieves in the area.
Thus, this is the more reason why Weekend Today believes security needs to be beefed at not only the Kasoa tollbooth but all tollbooths across the country.
We are making this recommendation against the backdrop that these criminals could also rob the tollbooths. In fact, we have had instances where thieves and armed robbers have struck at some of these tollbooths and made away with huge sums of monies.
We therefore expect the police to act on this matter with a sense of urgency. This, we believe, can be done by deploying police officers in plain clothes to track and apprehend such criminal persons.
Let's not wait for this to become another issue that will prove difficult to deal with now that it is in its infant stages.