Vietnam city to install police cameras for tourists

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Foreign tourists take photos of a local child in a Santa Claus costume in downtown Ho Chi Minh City. Photo courtesy of Tuoi Tre

The Ho Chi Minh City government has ordered police to be stationed at all major downtown streets to protect tourists and locals from street crime.

The city government has also given permission to police in District 1 to set up street cameras for surveillance.

The police have been asked to set up new posts in Districts 1, 3, and 5 after a letter from city leaders said that tourism security "has not improved" at all this year, Tuoi Tre reported.

Reports from the city's Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism showed a lack of progress in curbing robberies, taxi scams and other cons targeting foreign visitors.

District 1 authorities launched a pilot program in June which assigns youth volunteers to assist foreign visitors at common tourist destinations, providing destination information and assisting them when they need to deal with police upon safety issues.

In May, two employees of a taxi company unauthorized to exchange money managed to cheat dozens of French tourists who sought the service at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in the city.

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