Vietnam metro to crack down on robberies targeting foreign tourists

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Following a spate of robberies targeting foreign tourists in Ho Chi Minh City, authorities have decided to strengthen security, Thoi Bao Kinh Te Sai Gon (Saigon Economic Times) reported.

The city people's committee considers improving security for tourists an urgent issue, Nguyen Thi Khanh, vice chairman of the Ho Chi Minh Travel Association, was quoted as saying.

"We reported the matter to the people's committee, and they promised to take action," she said.

The authorities are expected to meet soon to discuss measures to stop the robberies.

Robbers struck nine times in the downtown area within 16 days in late September and early October, according to a city-based travel agency.

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A few European businesses have asked another travel agency to raise foreign tourists' insurance cover to US$1 million per person from the current $100,000 200,000 following the robberies.

In mid-year the city authorities instructed the police and other agencies to secure the downtown area, but the robberies continued until the end of the year.

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