Ho Chi Minh City plans to put more police officers on the new walking street Nguyen Hue where at least three snatching incidents have been reported during its first opening days.
Police have arrested a man known as Hai, who snatched a phone from a tourist on Saturday.
They also arrested Ngo Tran Phong, a 25-year-old local who snatched a tablet from a woman when she was taking photos on Thursday night.
On Friday night, a woman also reported having been robbed a gold necklace worth nearly US$1,000. No development has been reported on that case.
Ho Chi Minh City opened the $20-million walking street last Wednesday, during the long holiday break spanning three national holidays and the weekend.
The street features light and water fountain shows, aiming to become a new tourist spot every weekend and holiday night.
The city has installed surveillance cameras along the street, but that does not seem to scare off robbers.
Le Duc Thuan, chief police officer of Ben Nghe Ward, said the street was packed with people between 7 and 11 p.m. every night during the holiday, especially around the water fountains.
Criminals would sneak in and act anytime someone was off guard, Thuan said.
Pham Thanh Kien, chairman of District 1, said he has ordered the district police to increase forces around the street.
“We’re determined to bust anyone who comes to the street to rob others,” Kien said.