Expats need not be overly-concerned with security and safety in Ghana. Violent crime rates are quite low, and petty crime can often be avoided simply by being aware of yourself and your surroundings.
Ghana is one of the safest country's in Africa. So as long as expats familiarise themselves with the issues and take the necessary safety precautions, they should be fine and have an enjoyable experience in Ghana.
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That said, due to the influx of more people into the cities with no chance of gainful employment, instances of pick-pocketing, residential burglary and vehicle burglary are on the rise.
The police and judicial system are both ill-equipped and too corrupt to cope with these crimes. Due to their relative visibility and presumed wealth, expats will find themselves targeted more often than locals. It’s important to be aware, especially in crowded marketplaces.
Although Ghana’s history of equal rights may not be on par with that of a developed country, there is no special concern for women’s safety. Modest dress is advisable yet definitely not adhered to, especially in cities; and harassment is not common. Even local women would rather leave the traditional garb at home in lieu of jeans and a t-shirt.
Although some expats live in guarded compounds called ‘gated communities’, it is perfectly safe to live in stand-alone houses in most areas. Many expats hire either independent gate guards or security companies that either post a full-time guard, or set up an alarm system in their house, or both. This is mostly for precautionary reasons, as break-ins are quite rare.
Ghanaians are renowned for being quite friendly and helpful toward expats; however, it is best to keep overly-friendly...