link2414 link2415 link2416 link2417 link2418 link2419 link2420 link2421 link2422 link2423 link2424 link2425 link2426 link2427 link2428 link2429 link2430 link2431 link2432 link2433 link2434 link2435 link2436 link2437 link2438 link2439 link2440 link2441 link2442 link2443 link2444 link2445 link2446 link2447 link2448 link2449 link2450 link2451 link2452 link2453 link2454 link2455 link2456 link2457 link2458 link2459 link2460 link2461 link2462 link2463 link2464 link2465 link2466 link2467 link2468 link2469 link2470 link2471 link2472 link2473 link2474 link2475 link2476 link2477 link2478 link2479 link2480 link2481 link2482 link2483 link2484 link2485 link2486 link2487 link2488 link2489 link2490 link2491 link2492 link2493 link2494 link2495 link2496 link2497 link2498 link2499 link2500 link2501 link2502 link2503 link2504 link2505 link2506 link2507 link2508 link2509 link2510 link2511 link2512 link2513 link2514 link2515 link2516 link2517 link2518 link2519 link2520 link2521 link2522 link2523 link2524 link2525 link2526 link2527 link2528 link2529 link2530 link2531 link2532 link2533 link2534 link2535 link2536 link2537 link2538 link2539 link2540 link2541 link2542 link2543 link2544 link2545 link2546 link2547 link2548 link2549 link2550 link2551 link2552 link2553 link2554 link2555

Tag: thieves

Thieves target tourists in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

Unfortunately, on 2 separate occasions this week, myself and my girlfriend have fallen foul of this. First time, 2 guys drove past the girlfriend and snatched her handbag .. luckily she was not hurt. She lost her phone, ATM cards and her Thai ID card. Second time, I was waiting outside a food takeaway place with my phone in my hand, waiting on an Uber taxi to turn up. A guy came from behind, snatched my phone and started running down the street. He then jumped on to his friends motorbike and sped off. I tried to give chase but fell over and grazed my hand.

The locals on both occasions just stood by and did nothing to help. If this happened in Thailand, they would have surely helped.

Ho Chi Minh City high crime rate

After more than 30 years of travelling the world to maybe 30 countries, this is first time I have experienced something like this. I do not feel safe and have cut my trip short and will return to Thailand in 2 days time.

My advice to others wanting to travel to Vietnam, is do not. There are plenty of other countries who are happy to take our tourist dollars without having to look over our shoulders 24/7.

Here is a quote from a government website: –

Despite the high crime rating for Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), most visitors feel relatively safe. Random violent crime against foreigners is relatively rare, and the level of crime is comparable to other cities of a similar size throughout Asia. Visitors regularly fall victim to property crimes, which are usually non-confrontational crimes of opportunity. Pickpocketing, purse slashing, bag snatching, and the theft of valuables is a common occurrence, particularly in areas frequented by tourists and business travelers. Maintaining an extremely high level of 360 degree situational awareness and alertness is critical to reduce the likelihood of becoming a victim of petty street crime.

Theft by motor scooter is a popular modus operandi wherein thieves grab bags/purses from victims while speeding by. This approach can cause serious injury to victims if they are unable to quickly release themselves from the straps of the bag, leaving them to be dragged by the motor scooter at high speeds. Carrying bags on the arm opposite the road and walking away from the edge of the curb can discourage potential motor scooter thieves. Smart phones, particularly iPhones and Androids, are very popular with thieves and are snatched out of victims’ hands by passing motor scooter thieves.

….End Quote….

Please share and make others aware the dangers of this country. I do not think I will ever come back.

Alan Zibluk Markethive Founding Member