HCM City continues crackdown on crime
HCM CITY (VNS)— The HCM City Police will extend its crime prevention and containment programme though the Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday after it has proved effective over a month of implementation, officials say.
City Police Chief Major Gen Nguyen Chi Thanh said 600 additional policemen would be assigned to the programme in the days running up to Tet, which falls this year on February 10.
The programme would be extended after Tet as well, Thanh said.
He said that within a month after it was launched on December 15, 2012, there were 583 crimes recorded in the city, down 97 cases compared to the previous month. Of these 134 were robberies, down 47 cases.
Regular patrols at hotspots around the city netted 171 drug sellers and traffickers and police seized 6.5kg of drugs, apart from US$486,000 in cash. Similar figures were recorded for the whole of last year.
Inspections of 2,200 boarding houses, hotels and parlours also helped to discover other criminals and violations of the national ban on fireworks.
Thanh said the programme's achievements would not have been possible without the support of local residents.
Le Hoang Quan, chairman of the city People's Committee urged the department to be creative in performing their tasks at a time criminals were getting more sophisticated in their acts.
He suggested regular patrols not only of main streets but also of narrow alleys.
Many residents have expressed doubts about the programme's achievements, saying many cases of street robberies are not reported to the police. — VNS