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30 September 2010 :: 10:09:00 am 41412

Near 500 High-Risk Areas Scheduled for Security Upgrades

The Thai Cabinet on Tuesday resolved to order a widespread security upgrade at nearly 500 high-risk locations throughout the capital following a wave of recent random bombing attacks, according to a government spokesman.
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Bangkok, the 28th of September 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: Government Spokesman Panitan Wattanayagorn revealed the that the Cabinet had agreed to apply three new key security measures at 467 high-risk locations across Bangkok, acknowledging the report presented by police on a series of explosions in the capital.

The focus will be on preventing further attacks by mapping the areas, training security personnel, pre-empting violent incidents through the use of intelligence and investigative reports, expanding CCTV surveillance systems and engaging volunteer police to communicate with the public about conditions and possible attacks.

During the address by National Police Commissioner-General Wichean Potephosree and senior officers, the cabinet heard how a total of 125 violent incidents have occurred across the nation since the 12th of March 2010.

One-hundred-eight incidents took place in Bangkok, 72 of which took place during anti-government protests earlier this year while 36 others took place after the political gatherings. At present 20 cases are attributed to random homemade bombing after the end of Red Shirt protests in May.

“The Cabinet has urged agencies concerned to install additional [security] cameras to brace for the security threat, increasing from the 8,846 surveillance cameras already installed in Bangkok,” Mr. Wattanayagorn said.

Along with upgrading government funded surveillance networks, the Thai Cabinet asked private sector institutions to install or upgrade surveillance cameras on high-rise buildings, overpasses, walkovers and expressways in their vicinity to monitor crime and aid in the apprehension of suspects.

During the past few weeks a series of five random bombings have exploded in capital causing widespread panic amongst the public, despite the government-imposed emergency decree still being active in Bangkok.

The incidents include the latest bomb at the Office of the Attorney General on Ratchadapsik Road Monday night and four others near the Nang Lerng horse race course (Royal Turf Club) on September 26, outside Santirat Wittayalai School on September 8 and at parking areas of a shopping mall and the Public Health Ministry in Nonthaburi.

Meanwhile, another suspect involved with the theft of munitions from the Lopburi Army Base has handed himself into authorities on Wednesday, fearing for his life after police apprehended four of his cohorts.

In addition, police searching for 30-40 missing rocket-propelled-grenades and over 9,000 7.62mm rounds have found another 13 RPGs hidden at the Saraburi Botanical Gardens. Authorities speculate that another 10 rounds are still to be accounted for, while investigations are continuing into the missing 7.62mm cartridges.

Reporter : John Weston   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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