The South Korean Consulate General is funding the setting up of surveillance cameras in Ho Chi Minh City in a move to protect its citizens from street crimes.
Vietnam is still one of the safest countries in the world but a surveillance system is necessary to improve security, Zing News quoted Sooho Kim, a South Korean consular officer, as saying.
Kim said street cameras are very useful in Seoul, for instance, and can assist authorities in solving robbery cases and protecting the public.
Six cameras have been installed on Tan Binh District’s Thang Long Street, a neighborhood dubbed as "Little Seoul" with many Korean businesses and restaurants. South Korea will fund at least 10 more cameras will be set up.
Kim said the number of South Koreans visiting Vietnam increased 31 percent in the first two months compared to the same period last year.
There are more Korean investors looking for business opportunities here and there are also more South Korean-Vietnamese couples, he said.
According to the Consulate General, there were around 100 robberies with South Korean victims in HCMC last year, but none of the cases were fatal.
Kim was quoted as saying that, in comparison, 10 South Koreans were killed in the Philippines last year while many tourists considered Bangkok unsafe due to the recent bombing attack.