Minister of Public Security General Tran Dai Quang has ordered the ministry’s units and provincial departments to launch a crackdown on crime across the country ahead of the Lunar New Year (Tet) celebrations which falls in late January.

He asked law enforcement bodies to take the initiative in detecting and defeating terrorism and sabotage schemes and activities by hostile forces, as well as encourage local residents to join in crime prevention.

Police forces are also required to further investigate and root out criminal gangs and drug trafficking rings .

At the same time, the minister ordered police units to work closely with relevant agencies to fight smuggling, trade frauds and counterfeit goods, particularly along borders.

The police are also demanded to intensify management over the use of weapons and explosive materials, and ensure traffic safety.-VNA