HCM CITY (VNS)— Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has exhorted the HCM City government to crack down on street crime, especially during the Tet (Lunar New Year) holidays.
Meeting with the city People's Committee and Party Committee on Friday, he said the incidence of brazen robberies and other crimes remained high, causing people much anguish.
He criticised the city for failing to meet the target under a national programme for the prevention of crime and social evils and to be active in combating crimes.
Some officials and Party members remained unworried about the rising incidence of crimes, he said.
He also said the management of people completing drug detoxification treatments was not efficient.
Le Minh Tri, deputy chairman of the People's Committee, admitted there had been more than 10,000 crimes in the last two years, in which 312 people were killed and 1,049 others injured, and losses of over VND82 billion (US$3.9 million).
Though the number of crimes fell by 16.36 per cent in that period, the number of violent robberies increased, he said.
He wanted the Government to allow the HCM City police to buy equipment to combat crime.
Phuc said to improve the fight against crime, besides improving investigation, the city should encourage residents to actively take part in combating crimes and mobilise militiamen to co-operate with the police.
The city should strengthen patrols and set traps, improve co-ordination between police units in various districts, keep an eye on vulnerable areas, and begin a campaign against weapons, he said.
Information about fighting crime should be widely disseminated so that everyone can actively contribute, he said. —VNS