But West Africa is a lot different to East and Southern Africa, and crime is a constant.
It's important to be very aware when travelling to Ghana to keep your mind on the number of dangers around.
Tourists need to be careful in Ghana. They are often the target of criminal elements, many who operate around tourist locations.
Travellers, particularly women on their own, are the target of opportunistic crimes such as muggings, bag snatching, petty theft and pickpocketing.
These crimes are common in markets, tourist attractions and beaches.
Beaches are often areas of crime throughout Africa, and travellers are always told to watch their belongings.
Armed robberies and other violent crimes, including rape and house invasions are increasing in frequency.
There have been reports of passengers in taxis being robbed by drivers.
This sort of crime is not necessarily unique to Ghana. These are quite common in areas in East Africa as well.
But its important to be aware the whole time when travelling abroad.
Smart travellers will often stay out of trouble. So stay sharp.
Thefts by individuals posing as airport staff frequently occur at Kotoka International Airport in the capital Accra.
Always remember, legitimate airport staff wear a current identification card which bears their name and photograph. Cards without photographs are not valid.
There have been reports of individuals fraudulently posing as police officers and demanding money from foreigners.
Travellers who are met at the airport should confirm the identity of their driver, either by requesting proper identification or otherwise verifying that the driver is an official from an organization or a hotel.
There have been increasing incidences of impostors who approach travellers before the main arrivals area claiming to be the traveller's driver or contact.
The impostor will have obtained the traveller's name from the board displayed by the official driver in the arrivals area outside the airport. The impostor then attempts to extort money from the traveller once the traveller is in the impostor's vehicle.
Use of credit cards in Ghana should be avoided if possible, as a growing number of travellers have been victims of credit card fraud.
Accra is always going to have levels of crime and beaches are a main area.
Care should also be taken at public beaches around Ghana. Theft is the main problem, but there have been isolated incidents of foreign women receiving unwanted attention and sexual assaults.
Women should always be careful travelling along in Africa. Women are often targets of crime and assault.
Also travellers need to be wary around areas known for expats. These are often the target for muggings and robberies.
Always get a taxi to and from bars at night, never decide to walk.
African cities are not safe for tourists at night.
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