A new closed circuit camera helped Ho Chi Minh City police foil a motorbike thief on Thursday night.
At around 11am, police spotted Le Hoang Vu, 32, driving around in Nha Be District’s Phuoc Kien Commune with another suspicious character.
The commune police called some militiamen to the site and informed local residents to be alert.
Soon afterward, Vu broke into a house and attempted to steal a motorbike, but the homeowner caught him in the act and gave chase.
Vu quickly jumped on his motorbike and fled with his accomplice.
The homeowner's neighbors managed to subdue and arrest him..
The other man, who has yet to be identified, escaped.
At the police station, Vu confessed to being a drug addict with a criminal history of drug smuggling.
Police are hunting for his accomplice.
Major Nguyen Van Tam of Phuoc Kien police said the commune has installed security cameras in most of its neighborhoods since April.
“We've caught four thieves red-handed so far and are identifying other suspects using images from these cameras,” VnExpress quoted Tam as saying.
Ho Chi Minh City authorities have announced a plan to install surveillance cameras throughout District 1 to improve security in the downtown area starting in April of 2015.
“The cameras will help police tackle street robberies and control traffic,” said Le Truong Hai Hieu, deputy chairman of the District 1 People’s Committee, at a meeting on August 4.
The project will include installing cameras in alleys that suffer from “complicated security” situations, he said.
“Cameras have been installed in some alleyways in Pham Ngu Lao and Tan Dinh wards and have been very welcomed by local residents,” he said.
Surveillance cameras have also been installed elsewhere in HCMC and linked to local police stations.
Recently, District 1 authorities announced a plan to install surveillance cameras on every street in downtown Ho Chi Minh City to feed images back to a district's police dispatcher to maintain security.