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Cops swoop on city's crooks

Update: November, 29/2012 - 10:20


Police examine a robbery scene in HCM City's Tan Phu District. — VNA/VNS Photo Manh Linh
HCM CITY (VNS)— In the first four days of a new campaign to combat robbery, HCM City police have arrested 47 suspects and charged them with involvement in 40 robberies and thefts.

The number of robberies and thefts, particularly by organised gangs, has risen in the last few months, according to Vu Nhu Ha, deputy chief and lieutenant-colonel of the HCM City Police's Administration Bureau.

Ha told a press meeting on Tuesday that luxury handphones, laptops and jewelleries were the objects most frequently targeted by the thieves.

He said the thieves were becoming younger but more audacious in their attempts to rob people or steal goods.

"They gather in areas where security management is loose and where there are fewer patrol teams," he said.

Most of the thefts have occurred in the downtown area and tourist sites in the city.

Sections of the national highways, residential areas and industrial parks in suburban areas are other common areas for thefts, according to Ha.

To curb crime, Ha said that HCM City Police have told district police forces to take special measures at each troublespot.

Criminal police in plainclothes will set up ambushes, while ward and commune police forces will patrol areas at night.

Police will also enhance security management at guesthouses, hotels and entertainment facilities.

Traffic, mobile and 113 police forces will regularly watch suspects on the roads.

Lieutenant-colonel Nguyen Nhat Thanh, chief of District 1's Criminal Police force, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper that raids must be conducted at shops that buy stolen assets. These are mainly pawnshops and shops selling secondhand electronic goods.

"Most stolen goods are not sold to regular customers, but to rings that buy illegal assets," said Thanh. — VNS

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