Rise in Crime Around Tet Holiday

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy and U.S. Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City – Rise in Crime Around Tet Holiday (January 20, 2021)

Location: Vietnam

Event: The U.S. Embassy Hanoi and Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City remind U.S. citizens that there is typically a rise in crime around the Tet holiday season.  Petty theft, purse/phone snatching, and pickpocketing are the most common crimes, and occur most frequently around hotels, tourist sites, airports, public parks, and other crowded areas popular among foreigners.  Although rare, residential burglaries do occur.

U.S. citizens are advised to maintain situational awareness, limit the amount of cash you carry, leave valuables (e.g. passports, jewelry, cash) in a safe or secure place, and keep residential doors and windows locked.

If you are targeted by thieves, do not resist and report the incident immediately to local police and to the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi or the U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City.  Emergency contact information is available here.  Consular and duty officers are available 24/7 for emergency assistance.

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