step up crime fight in run up to Tet
|Market police in the
nothern province of Thai Binh check goods at a clothes stall. —
VNA/VNS Photo Minh Dong
HA NOI — Police forces
across the country are intensifying their fight against crime in the run up to
Tet, according to Senior Lieutenant General Le The Tiem.
The police leader, who is
also deputy minister of public security, was speaking at a national meeting of
police forces in Ha Noi last week.
Smuggling and the
counterfeit goods trade were particular trouble spots before Tet (Lunar New
Year), Tiem said.
He ordered officials from
departments under his ministry and provincial police forces to organise more
patrols and checkpoints to tackle these areas of crime.
Police forces also needed
to focus on battling the heroin trade, robberies and illegal gatherings that
cause public disorder. They must stay alert and not let any cases slip through
the net, he said.
At the meeting, leaders of
the Ministry of Public Security asked the General Police Department to
investigate serious criminal cases, especially ones that occurred in the last
The ministry also ordered
local police to make action plans to deal with riots, terrorism attacks or
According to ministry
reports between December last year and October this year, 42,326 cases of
various crimes were reported in the country, marking a 6.7 per cent decrease
compared to the same period last year. The tally includes 1,227 deaths and a
loss of VND230 billion (US$14.4 million) in property.
The reports also show an
increase of gang and professional crime , especially in big cities. — VNS