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English-speaking cops to protect foreign tourists in Hoi An

 Tourists in Hoi An town in the central province of Quang Nam

Police officers who speak English and are personable will be stationed in areas frequented by foreign tourists in the central province of Quang Nam, home to Hoi An, to protect them from robbers and harassment by beggars and vendors.

The People's Committee of Quang Nam admitted recently that foreigners are harassed on the province's streets.

The police recently busted gangs of robbers on motorbikes who would strike mainly around noon and at 10-11 p.m.

Robberies happen often on routes to An Bang and Cua Dai beaches, local authorities said.

The province Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism reported earlier this month that more than three million tourists, 50 percent of them foreign, have visited the province this year.

This is nearly 10 percent higher than in the same period last year.

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