Crackdown on bag snatching promised

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Police attend Friday’s Interior Ministry meeting. Supplied

The National Police have unveiled plans to crack down on robberies and bag snatching.

National Police Chief Neth Savoeun on Friday led a meeting at the Interior Ministry in which he announced the crackdown.

After the meeting, spokesman Kirth Chantharith said bag snatching continued to plague the city.

“These cases, although not armed robbery or murder, are still dangerous,” he said.

“Some victims get pulled off their bikes, breaking their legs or arms, so we must crack down on this. The National Police has to set up a plan to solve this problem.”

Nhem Chan Tina, a 31-year-old Phnom Penh resident, said she was injured when a thief snatched her bag in 2016.

“It’s unsafe,” she said. “As I have seen, there are many police along the street, but those cases of bag snatching still persist. The police should work harder.”

Yong Kim Eng, People Centre for Development and Peace president, said theft had become a major concern.

“It’s a scary thing for me and other people,” he said.

“If the authorities cannot suppress it effectively, it poses risks to people who walk, bike, and ride motorcycles on the streets.

“Moreover, if the problem persists, it can also affect the honour of our city.”

According to Mr Chantharith, plans to beef up security in the city during the Pchum Ben festival were also discussed during Friday’s meeting.

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