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Thief Breaks Into Anti-Theft Device Store in Binh Duong

In a sweet stroke of irony, a security equipment shop in Binh Duong Province couldn’t stop a criminal from infiltrating their own stronghold. 

According to Lao Dong, the police department of Tan Dinh Ward of Ben Cat Township confirmed that on November 12, a store specializing in surveillance CCTV cameras was broken into.

The police report says that on the morning of the same day, the store owner, who’s only referred to by his initials ĐVQ, went to open for business as usual when he noticed signs of tampering on the front door and metallic shutter.

CCTV footage shows that at around 1:40am that day, an unknown figure wearing a helmet and mask drove to the store on an Exciter motorbike, broke the metallic shutter lock, smashed the windows, took a number of store assets and escaped soon after.

The damages to the store are estimated to be worth VND28 million, consisting of VND6 million in cash, 10 cameras (VND1 million each) and one laptop (VND12 million), not including the broken lock and glass door.

As urban centers across Vietnam are lowering movement restrictions after lockdown, crime rates are on the rise. Vice Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Ngô Minh Châu shared at a meeting in October that in the first six months of 2021, crime rates were trending up, but the three-month lockdown helped curb criminal offenses significantly. He warned that reopening of locality borders will reverse that trend.

[Photo via Lao Dong]

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