Warnings over rising crime rates as Covid-19 restrictions end

The lifting of Covid-19 restrictions under the HCMC People’s Committee’s Directive 18 on continued prevention and control measures against Covid-19 and gradual economic recovery starting on October 1 is expected to lead to an increase in crime, police departments of Thu Duc City and districts across the city have warned.
Warnings over rising crime rates as Covid-19 restrictions end ảnh 1 IIn the first nine months, the municipal police crack down on more than 2,000 criminal cases and arrest 2,081 people. (Photo: SGGP)
In the first days of lockdown relaxation, some individuals have called themselves police to require residents display essential papers and the screenshot of “Covid Green Card” with a personal QR code on mobile phone and then snatched the phone from their hands.
The public security departments warned people to only present the necessary documents to police officers in military uniform in public areas, protect their property and keep expensive items.
Major General Le Hong Nam, director of the municipal Department of Public Security said that the department has asked the local units to tighten measures against crimes and criminals that may increase, and strengthen patrol, inspection and control duties.
In the first nine months, HCMC recorded 2,891 criminal cases. The municipal police cracked down on more than 2,000 cases and arrested 2,081 people.

By Chi Thach – Translated by Kim Khanh

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