There will be 80 per cent less crime at the party when there is no alcohol, Maj Gen Choti said, adding that if organisers want to sell food and beverage, they must use plastic containers.
Maj Gen Choti said that weapons, fireworks, alcohol and glass and metal objects will be banned inside the designated party area on Patong beach.
He went on to explain that there will be three security perimeters established for Patong over New Year. The first will be at the beach where the Sydictive party will be located; the second at Taweewong Rd and Bangla Rd; and the third – furthest from the beach – will be marked by three main checkpoints.
For the Sydictive party, Patong Police will work together with Tourism Police volunteers, as well as members of the Navy and Marine Police. There will be ambulances on standby from Bangkok Hospital.
“Patong Police and Volunteer Police around Patong will number around 200, with 80 of them stationed inside the Sydictive Element party,” said Maj Gen Choti.
There will only be one main gate into the Sydictive party, separated into six doors and five exits. In case of an emergency, all gates will be opened.
The police will be stationed by the entrance gates and check people's belongings. Next to the police, there will be a scanner for weapons.
Maj Gen Choti confirmed that he is not aware of any political figures or members of royalty attending the event, though their presence has been rumoured.