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In Vietnam, police set up Facebook page to tackle crime

Monday, April 18, 2016, 14:52 GMT+7

Police officers in a south-central province of Vietnam announced on Sunday that the public can now access their official Facebook page for reports and tips-off about crime.

The Facebook page can be accessed at https://www.facebook.com/CanhSatHinhSuKhanhHoa/, said Colonel Tran Huu Tuong, who is from the Department of Police in Khanh Hoa Province.

Colonel Tuong added that citizens can report criminal-related issues via the departmental hotline 0947 513 113, noting that these are the two official channels.

Those who want to notify provincial police of criminal acts just post content on the page’s timeline, send messages to its inbox, or call the hotline for immediate support, he said.

The Facebook page doubles as a portal that provides information about security, crime prevention, and current criminal trickery.

“Facebook has proved itself an efficient information medium as it provides immediate contact with the public,” the official said, adding the police department has leveraged the page as a means to battle crime and keep locals alert.

“No matter how many officers we have, it is really hard to detect all crime activities immediately without support from civilians,” Col. Tuong said.

“Some cases, unknown to local authorities, have been first busted by the witnesses as they took photos, recorded and posted footage on Facebook.”

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