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Vietnam’s Soc Trang struggles with rampant thefts

Vietnam’s Soc Trang struggles with rampant thefts

Thursday, September 14, 2023, 12:05 GMT+7
Vietnam’s Soc Trang struggles with rampant thefts
Exhibits in a theft in Ward 4, Soc Trang City of the namesake southern Vietnamese province. Photo: Khac Tam / Tuoi Tre

As the number of thefts in Soc Trang Province, southern Vietnam continues to rise, the provincial administration is requiring that enhanced measures be taken to prevent and fight the crime.

The Soc Trang administration has required agencies, especially local police departments, to employ solutions to prevent and fight crime, particularly thievery, as part of an effort that has, so far, obtained positive results, chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Tran Van Lau said on Thursday.

However, theft is still rife in the province.

Lau explained that residents are hesitant to report thefts and investigations into cases that are reported tend to produce substandard results.  

According to local authorities, thieves in the province are becoming increasingly sophisticated, sparking public concerns and affecting the operation of agencies and enterprises, security, and social order in Soc Trang.

Lau attributed the situation to residents’ recklessness in asset management and districts’ poor implementation of criminal prevention and fighting programs.

Moreover, departments, agencies, districts, and police seem to be cooperating poorly as many believe fighting crime is the sole responsibility of police officers, he claimed.

As a result, he asked heads of departments, agencies, cities, towns, and districts to regularly inspect their crime prevention programs in order to improve their effectiveness, thereby contributing to local security and socio-economic development.

The provincial police force should regularly warn of thieves’ tricks, provide locals with prevention measures, investigate thefts, and impose sanctions on thieves.

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Thanh Ha - Khac Tam / Tuoi Tre News

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