Foreign criminals are on the rise: police chief
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More foreign criminals have committed criminal offenses or carried out transnational frauds in Vietnam, said Colonel Dang Xuan Khang, Chief of the Interpol Vietnam Office.
Khang told VnExpress Newswire about the trend a few days before the 80th General Assembly of the Interpol takes place in Hanoi from October 31 to November 4.
The event will attract 1,000-1,200 participants from 188 member countries.
“As Vietnam is carrying its open policy for international integration, it, as well as many other countries, cannot be immune from transnational criminals,” Khang said.
“The important thing here is that we must actively prevent and control them.” Khanh said, not only in Vietnam, a developing country, but also in developed countries, transnational criminals often take advantage of security loopholes to carry out their crimes.
Foreign criminals often arrive in Vietnam as visitors or tourists to commit crimes or evade police hunts.
Meanwhile, the number of Vietnamese criminals manage to flee abroad is not small either, Khanh said.
Below is Khanh’s other answers to VnExpress.
What kinds of transnational criminals often enter Vietnam?
The first kind is drug traffickers who bring drugs from other countries to Vietnam.
The second is human trafficking criminals who are members of illegal immigration organizations. And the third is thieves and swindlers, including those who use fake credit cards to withdraw money from banks or ATMs.
In addition, criminals using high technologies have attacked Vietnam as well as many other countries.
What measures has the Interpol Vietnam Office taken to prevent foreign criminals, especially those who use high technologies?
Our office has provided local agencies with relevant information we have got from foreign sources and cooperated with them in preventing and controlling foreign criminals using high technologies.
We have also helped training police officers abroad through the cooperation between the Interpol Vietnam Office and other country members of the Interpol.
As many countries have lifted visa requirements, we also cooperate with other agencies to strengthen security control at border gates and airports to prevent criminals from entering or leaving Vietnam.
Vietnam will host the 80th Interpol General Assembly from October 31 to November 3. What is top on the agenda of the event?
At the event, Vietnam will launch a slogan, “Connecting Police for a Safer World – Strong Partnerships, Innovation and Capacity Building.”
The event will focus on sharing information, expanding cooperation between Interpol and other international organizations in criminal prevention and control.
It will also discuss measures to enhance professional abilities of a number of Interpol country members.
What do you say about Interpol Vietnam after 20 years of operation?
In 20 years of operation, Interpol Vietnam has been a reliable “address” to local and foreign organizations.
The relationship between Vietnamese police and their foreign counterparts has been strengthened and expanded.
We have helped local agencies to investigate transnational criminal cases and arrest drug or human traffickers and economic swindlers.
Interpol Vietnam has recently coordinated with other agencies to detain hundreds of foreign criminals.
It has also received supported from police in foreign countries in hunting for and arresting nearly 100 Vietnamese criminals.