Authorities in Ho Chi Minh City have put sign boards containing the police contact information at the entrance of the Ben Thanh Market and hotels, shops and restaurants in a downtown area for tourists to seek help and report robberies.
The authorities of Ben Thanh Ward, which implemented the initiative, expect it to reduce rising number of robberies, as well as nuisance acts against tourists.
Le Truong Hai Hieu, secretary of Ben Thanh Ward's Party unit, said ward police also issued announcements about robbery tricks of criminals to local residents.
The police signed a deal with Ben Thanh Market's management board and traders to share information and join hands to deal with thieves and pickpockets in the market.
According to Hai, the traders have provided 40 tip-offs to the police, helping police officers to apprehend ten criminals and reclaim dozens of millions of dong for tourists since July.
He said the police and militia forces will carry out more patrols in the spots where robberies are frequently reported.