The Ministry of Public Security holds a press conference in Hanoi on June 28 (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The Ministry of Public Security has deployed synchronous measures to curb the increase of crime in the first six months of this year, heard a press conference in Hanoi on June 28.

The ministry said social crimes were slashed by 3.66 percent against the same period last year.

Police cracked down on 843 criminal gangs and handled 9,391 economic and corruption cases, 2,053 smuggling cases and 3,160 cases of manufacturing, storing, transporting and trading prohibited products.

They also captured 17,210 drug traffickers and seized 379,423 kg of heroin, 759,131 kg of methamphetamine and 436,115 synthetic drug pills, and 251,306 kg of marijuana.

The traffic order and safety were ensured, with traffic accidents falling in the numbers of cases, deaths and injuries.

Major General Bach Thanh Dinh, Deputy Director of the Hanoi Police Agency, reported the illegal capture of people and deliberate destruction of property in Dong Tam commune on April 15.

On June 13, the investigation body of the Hanoi Police Agency launched the criminal proceedings against the case to serve investigations into the charges of illegal arrest of people in accordance to Article 123 of the Penal Code and destroying or deliberately damaging property as prescribed in Article 143 of the Penal Code, he noted.-VNA