For the most part, Ghanaians are very friendly, hospitable and nice. Unfortunately though, like anywhere else in the world, the country has its share of bad people.
Being Out and Walking at Night
- It is best to go out with at least one partner especially women.
- Don’t use unofficial paths and short-cuts.
- Don’t walk around with big bags and backpacks.
- Don’t be engaged in conversation by strangers who are offering ‘to show you around’.
Safety at the Beach
- Don’t be alone on the beach during the weekdays.
- The Gulf of Guinea has a very strong current. Don’t swim in unauthorized areas. There have been several drownings over the years.
- “Professional friends” are people who try to win your confidence and take advantage of you and others. You should not be too trusting of strangers.
Public transportation (Tro-tros and taxis)
- If a fight or argument breaks out at the station or in the vehicle, be alert! Pick- pockets may be on the scene.
- Be careful not to leave your phone or bag in a taxi or tro-tro. You most likely will never see it again.
- Use the same precautions you would anywhere.
High Crime Areas
- Usually places like Osu and High Street, where there is a high number of expatriates.
- A money belt is a good option when walking in these areas.
- If someone does try to snatch your bag, don’t fight them.
- Armed robbers or thieves have been known to cut you with a cutlass and in few cases threated to shoot in order to get your belongings.
- If you go to public events like festivals, durbars etc. avoid getting mixed up in a heavy crowd. This is the perfect breeding ground for pick pockets.