Pattaya Daily News

23 January 2013 :: 16:01:23 pm 70712

Police Proclaim The Crime Crackdown Is Working

Pattaya police said the month-long crime crackdown appears to be helping reduce crime so far. The crackdown resulted after several crimes against Russian tourists. There will be extra police checkpoints and increased vigilance by officers until the crackdown ends on Feb. 7.
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PATTAYA – January 22, 2013 [Pattaya Daily News]; at 3:30 p.m. a press conference was held by police and the city administration to update citizens of the progress of the city’s month-long crackdown on crime in Pattaya.

The public meeting was held in the Thapphraya meeting room of the Administration of Pattaya, and included Pol. Gen. Aek Angsananon, Deputy Directy-General; Pol. Lt. Gen. Vinai Thongsong, Commissioner, section 2; Pol. Maj. Gen. Sanchai Chaiamporn, Deputy Commissioner, section 2; and Pol. Maj. Gen. Katcha Thartsart, Commander, Chonburi province.

Mr. Itthiphol Khunpleum, the Lord Mayor of Pattaya, was the chairman of meeting regarding the following up of the results so far of operations according to the plan to take care of security for tourists.

In attendance were the police from many organizations, citizens of Pattaya, and the reporters from every mass media outlet who came to join the meeting.

Pol. Gen. Aek Angsananon, Deputy Director-General, revealed that the police of section 2 had been setting up checkpoints all around Pattaya, from January 8-21, to inspect for crime and drugs and other illegal items carried by criminals.

The results so far have been positive, with a noticeable decrease in crimes, he said. The police also announced the arrests of several criminals at the meeting, some of them from outstanding court warrants who had previously eluded capture.

The police commander said the police also informed the owners of Pattaya bars and other entertainment establishments about why the police were engaging in stricter enforcement of the laws to ensure the safety of tourists during the period from January 8 to February 7, 2013.

The police and city administration were responding to a recent series of crimes against Russian tourists, who currently are the largest bloc of foreign tourists who come to Pattaya.

The recent crimes against Russians have destroyed the good reputation of Thailand with the Russians, he said. So the police made it their top priority to catch the criminals involved, and closed the first major case in only three days, in order to repair the damaged image of Pattaya as a great place to visit.

As part of the crackdown, police may require some bars and nightclubs to close at 3 a.m., in order to reduce the likelihood of crimes against tourists in the early morning hours, the police commander said.

The police checkpoints that have been set up in many places were due to orders from the National Police Bureau, which realizes that Pattaya is a major tourist resort in Thailand, so the Pattaya police need to be vigilant to protect its visitors.

However, the police are cracking down against crime and drugs not only in Pattaya, but also in nearby areas such as Huay Yai, Sri Racha and Sattahip, to help the image of the entire Chonburi province.

Reporter : Samart   Photo : Samart   Category : Tourism News

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