|Public-order crime has been curbed in Viet Nam in the last five years, but the nature of crime has become more complicated, said Deputy Minister of Public Security Senior Lieutenant General Le Quy Vuong.— Photo cand.com.vn
HA NOI (VNS) — Public-order crime has been curbed in Viet Nam in the last five years, but the nature of crime has become more complicated, said Deputy Minister of Public Security Senior Lieutenant General Le Quy Vuong.
Speaking at a national teleconference on Wednesday to review the five-year implementation of the Politburo's directive to intensify crime prevention efforts, Vuong said organised crime said crime is now occurring across multiple sectors including business, drugs, smuggling and arms violations.
Notably, he said, there has been an increase in domestic murder cases in which family members killed each other through especially violent or barbarous means.
Last year saw cases in which first-time offenders committed murders, but used "professional" means of carrying out the crimes, appearing as if they had criminal backgrounds. For example, six family members in central Binh Phuoc Province were killed by the ex-boyfriend of a family member, and a killing spree in central Nghe An Province claimed the lives of four people.
Conflicts at home and in neighborhoods cause about 1,000 murder cases each year in Viet Nam, Vuong said.
Eroding social morals and a flood of imported media with violent content is poisoning the minds of people, particularly the young, police said while attempting to explain the increase in crimes.
Addressing the conference, Politburo member Le Hong Anh said the fight against crime should be a priority for the entire political system and people.
Anh said that crime would continue to evolve, especially organised and economic crimes, and those involved in high technology, drugs and the environment.
Alongside deeper and wider international integration, the number of trans-national crimes and those involving foreigners will rise sharply with new methods and schemes, he said.
He hailed efforts made by ministries, sectors and localities to combat all kinds of crimes over the past five years.
Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, who is also head of the Government's National Steering Committee on crime prevention (Committee 138), said that criminal prevention is always a key task.
"People cannot feel secure if criminality increases, despite socioeconomic achievements," he said, urging comprehensive measures to curb crimes.
He asked the Public Security Ministry and relevant agencies to promptly crack down on crime that the public finds most troubling, such as smuggling, using banned chemicals in breeding and polluting the environment. Last year, 44,000 crimes were reported with 83,000 criminals involved, up 1.29 per cent from 2014. — VNS