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Police step up crime fight in run up to Tet

Update: November, 26/2007 - 00:00

Police step up crime fight in run up to Tet

(27-11-2007)

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 few months.

The ministry also ordered local police to make action plans to deal with riots, terrorism attacks or hostage seizures.

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

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