Police in a southern Vietnamese area have given a large number of emergency hotline keychains to local people in an effort to better combat crime.
More than 1,000 complimentary keychains have been given since October last year to many people by the police bureau in Phu Binh Commune, Tan Phu District, Dong Nai – a neighbor of Ho Chi Minh City.
Each of the keychains has a fob emblazoned with the phone numbers of police offices and a police chief in the district.
The items were all made thanks to private donations, according to Truong Minh Chanh, head of the Phu Binh police department.
|Emergency hotline keychains to be handed to residents by a police bureau in Dong Nai Province, southern Vietnam. Photo: Tuoi Tre|
Police officers said they had received hundreds of phone calls reporting crimes and local public security has improved considerably, as they can respond more effectively to tip-offs.
Do Dang Hung, a motorbike taxi driver in Dong Nai, praised the keychain initiative for enabling people to contact police more easily.
Locals previously did not know available police phone numbers, resulting in tardiness in handling illegal activities, Hung said, adding that the initiative should be applied in many other places in Vietnam.