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Murders prompt tough security at gold shops

Update: February, 21/2012 - 10:50

 

Ha Noi police arrest Nguyen Huu Duong, 27. Duong, a resident of Thai Binh Province's Dong Hung District, allegedly confessed to killing the 55-year-old owner of the Vung Bac gold shop in Thuong Tin on February 16.—VNA/VNS Photo Doan Tan
HA NOI — The Ministry of Public Security yesterday ordered police forces nationwide to investigate methods used by robbers to steal from gold-shops following another murder that shocked the public last week.

Deputy Minister of Public Security Pham Quy Ngo has instructed various national police departments, and police forces in provinces and cities to remain on high alert to learn the methods used by these criminals and to report their findings accordingly.

They were also asked to provide recommendations that the Government could use to amend the national decree on regulating gold businesses.

This could include requiring businesses that sell gold, silver, gemstones and other valuable jewellery to meet strict security criteria before being allowed to operate.

According to instructions from the ministry, most of the recent murders have occurred at home businesses in small towns. Most of the owners did not hire professional security guards and did not install security cameras or alarms.

The Public Security Ministry asked all police forces to study and investigate the methods used by these criminals, increase training and offer security consultations to gold-shop owners.

Meanwhile, the 27-old-year suspect who allegedly murdered and robbed the owner of a gold shop in northern Thuong Tin District turned himself in on Sunday.

According to police, Nguyen Huu Duong, who resides in northern Thai Binh Province's Dong Hung District, allegedly confessed to killing the 55-year-old owner of Vung Bac gold shop in Thuong Tin two days earlier.

The killing was caught by four security cameras in the gold shop and Duong's image was released to media outlets nationwide. The clip showed Duong pushing the victim to the ground and stabbing her multiple times in the neck, chest and back.

The suspect was transferred from Thai Binh Province to Ha Noi on Sunday. The Ha Noi Police Department is currently finalising the case for prosecution.

On the same day, the Ministry of Public Security commended the police officers and others who were involved in the case. At least 200 police officers were dispatched to chase the suspect. — VNS

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