u can find them hurdling along the roads of Ho Chi Minh's city. They call themselves Street Nights. Some 1,500 unpaid volunteers that chased down petty criminals in Vietnam's largest city and beyond. With the locals say crime is rising and the police fall short. Their stallions or scooters rigged with sirens and fast engines.
Their armour, rubber flip flops, and tracksuits. Wen Ton High says he gets fifty to a hundred calls a day about robberies, drugs, even kidnappings.>> When you're doing this, you're doing it to help the people. You don't think about money.>> He told writers he keeps a notebook of roughly 4000 criminals he's caught and turned over to police.
And his 21 years as a part time crime fighter. Reuters Mi Win spoke to group of Nytho say victims often turn to them before police.>> These men are from every walk of life. Some are taxi drivers. Some are manufacturing workers. Some are better off, landlord. But, they share the same passion to protect the community amid a rising criminal rates in the Southern part of Vietnam.
Here they are viewed as heroes. But, they tell me they don't think of themselves as one. More like men who's doing what they love. Last year Ho Chi Minh City formally Saigon was ranked the third least safe city worldwide after Caracas and Karachi, and riding as a knight doesn't come without risks.
Last month two were stabbed to death in Ho Chi Minh and three were badly injured in clashes with thieves. Some riders have martial arts training, but they can't legally carry weapons. One rider, Nguyen Viet Sin, described a fight with a suspected thief who cut himself and rubbed his blood into Sin's wound, then he learned the suspect had HIV.
Sin worried he'd might had been infected, and thought he might park his bike for good.>> When I was sick in my bed, I wanted to quit, but once I recovered, everything returned to normal. I just could not give up.>> After the two murders the families have begged some of the vigilantes to stop.
And some told Reuters they just can't quit, and they're committed to a life of fighting crime.