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Are there personal security concerns to be aware of at this post? Please describe.

There is some street crime involving people on bikes or motorcycles snatching smartphones or purses from people walking. Just keep your street smarts and you should be fine. Stay away from places where there aren't a lot of people walking around and avoid walking around by yourself at night. - Aug 4, 2017
No, Accra is super safe. - Apr 6, 2017
Ghana is relatively safe though one needs to be aware of surroundings and not walk around waving your cell phone. - Aug 11, 2016
It's a high crime post. If the opportunity is there, they will take it. We go out in groups and avoid unlit areas at night. - May 4, 2014
This is a developing country and the crime is what you would come to expect. However, it is manageable by using common sense. Donít leave things in your car. Donít walk down the dark alley. Donít show off your nice camera in the market. Etc. We have actually been pleasantly surprised by the security atmosphere here and have not had a real problem (yet). People we know have had burglaries, purse snatchings, and cell phone robberies. There is significantly less violent crime here than in neighboring cities like Lagos, Lome, or Abidjan. That said, however, as Ghanaian economy is starting to cope with the benefits/problems that come with a rapidly-expanding oil-based economy, the crime seems to be becoming more prevalent. - Apr 24, 2012
Petty crime is present there is some type of violent crime (usually a robbery at gunpoint (homemade guns - gun ownership and availability isn't an issue here)) a few times a year. The embassy assigns night guard from 6-6 and most everyone employs a day guard. Common sense precautions can prevent you from becoming a victim. As someone else said, this is NOT South Africa! - Feb 24, 2010
It is a pretty safe country - this is an advantage that should not be taken for granted. That said there are opportunists - stories of dishonest individuals. - Feb 5, 2010
Petty crime, infrequent burglaries in expat areas. This is NOT South Africa. - May 24, 2009