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Deputy PM tells local authorities to step up efforts to fight crime

Update: July, 16/2015 - 09:07
Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (Right) urges local administrations to prioritise purchase of special equipment and other materials needed to fight crime. — VNA/VNS Photo

HA NOI (VNS) — Leaders of local administrations should be held responsible for rampant crime in their localities, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said on Tuesday.

At a conference held in Ha Noi to review the fight against crime in the first half of the year, he said local authorities have to consider it a standing duty to limit and prevent crime in areas under their jurisdiction.

Phuc, who heads Board 138, the Government's anti-crime task force, asked every province to prepare an action plan for fighting crime.

"Though this fight is the task of the entire political system, specialised agencies tasked with the job still play the key role," he said.

He also admitted that the task is complicated by the fact that "corruption is still found in the ranks of law enforcers".

The Deputy PM urged local administrations to prioritise purchase of special equipment and other materials needed to fight crime.

Some headway

The conference heard that the number of criminal crime cases registered in the first half of 2015 saw a year-on-year decline of three per cent.

During this period, police investigated and busted 21,400 criminal cases, arrested 42,000 people, including those belonging to 1,200 gangs. Of these, 7,800 were economic crimes, 114 cases were corruption cases and 6,400 cases had to do with violations of the Law on Environment Protection.

The police also cracked 150 human trafficking cases and rescued 449 people. In 7,300 drug trafficking cases, 11,600 were arrested and the police seized 561kg of heroin, 321kg and 83,500 pills of synthetic drugs, 1,378kg of marijuana and nearly 42kg of cocaine.

Public Security Minister Tran Dai Quang, a member of Board 138, told conference participants, including leaders of local governments, that they should review the crime situation in their localities, identify challenges and propose specific measures that they feel are suitable.

Minister Quang said the police force have proven their skills in fighting organised crime, drug trafficking, homicide, robbery and break-ins, as also economic crimes and trade fraud.

However, he called for intensified vigilance towards the end of the year, noting that many major events were to be held then, including the 70th anniversary of proclamation of national independence on September 2, 1945.

Deputy PM Phuc asked the Public Security Ministry to focus efforts on developing a national strategy for fighting crime and submit it to the Government in the fourth quarter this year. The ministry should also increase co-operation with international organisations in the fight against crime, he said.

Social values

Referring to the recent headlines-grabbing murder of six people in Binh Phuoc Province, HCM City Mayor Le Hoang Quan said the case marked an alarming degradation in social values, which he said was a major factor in rising crime. The case showcased the need for educating people in traditional values, especially family values, he said.

The heinous killing of six people earlier this month happened after a 24-year-old man working as a hired carpenter for a family-run wood trading business got into a relationship with his boss's daughter when living in their villa. When the family discovered this and tried to stop it, the man went on a killing spree at night, slitting the throats of the business owner, his wife, son and daughter as well as two relatives.

Deputy PM Phuc agreed with Quan, saying education by the family, clan and community played a key role in preventing crime, but this has been neglected for a while. — VNS

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