Representatives from Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) chapters, police and border guards in 11 northern and central border localities gathered in the northern province of Ha Giang on July 17 to share experience in preventing and combating border crime.

According to VFF Central Committee Vice President Truong Thi Ngoc Anh, Vietnam has 1,077 boundary communes and wards, which span over large areas on tough terrain with low socio-economic development level.

Therefore, she said, they are prone to crimes, particularly drug and human trafficking, which prompted the Prime Minister to issue Instructive 01/CT-TTg on promoting residents’ involvement in safeguarding territorial sovereignty and border security.

The official reported that at present, residents in border areas have joined 3,519 groups to manage 3,262km of borderline and 2,345 border markers, while VFF chapters and member organisations are running over 24,000 hotlines for crime report at residential areas.

Border residents have also work with police to organize over 655,000 community-based security and watch groups, Anh added.

Meanwhile, Tran Duc Quy, Vice Chairman of the Ha Giang People’s Committee, as part of efforts to realise the Prime Minister’s directive, most border communes in Ha Giang have applied a number of models for crime prevention and control.

Participants at the event also learnt from crime control experience from representatives from 11 localities – Ha Giang, Cao Bang, Lang Son, Lao Cai, Lai Chau, Son La, Dien Bien, Quang Ninh, Thanh Hoa, Nghe An and Ha Tinh.

Major General Nguyen Phong Hoa, Deputy Head of the Police General Department under the Ministry of Public Security, emphasised that raising residents’ understanding of crime prevention and control and calling for their involvement in the work is crucial in combating crime effectively.-VNA