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Concerned over rising crime, Phuket police launch new campaign

Concerned over rising crime, Phuket police launch new campaign

PHUKET: Police in Phuket have launched a new campaign in the hope of stemming rising crime rates brought on by the current economic crisis.

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Friday 7 August 2020, 11:31AM

The campaign was announced by Region 8 Police Deputy Commander Maj Gen Teeraphol Thipjaroen at a mass assembly of law-enforcement officers at Phuket City Police Station yesterday afternoon (Aug 6).

Present at the assembly to receive their mandate for the campaign were 319 law-enforcement personnel from Region 8 Police, Phuket Provincial Police, Marine Police, Tourist Police, Phuket Immigration, Highway Police and personnel from the Royal Thai Army 41st Military Circle, which has soldiers based in Phuket, and the Royal Thai Navy Third Area Command, based at Cape Panwa.

Also joining the assembly were administration officials and volunteers.

The campaign will continue through to at least Aug 12, Maj Gen Teeraphol said.

“During the current situation, the incidence of crime is more likely, threatening both people’s safety and property. There has been an increase in the use of firearms to commit crimes, without any fear of the law. This affects the sense of stability and safety in the lives and property of the people,” he said.

The campaign is to focus on target groups, including cases involving firearms; weapons of war; drugs; assault against property, banks, gold shops and convenience stores; outstanding arrest warrants; sex crimes and any other crimes against life and body, Maj Gen Teeraphol said. 

“Army personnel have been assigned to serve [the campaign] in unison [with police] throughout the country,” he added.

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engism | 04 September 2020 - 06:15:09

And yet sadly I read the thaiger crime page headline on 28/8/20 "Police do nothing as alleged gangster threatens phuket family"

Kurt | 08 August 2020 - 08:40:47

Campaign 7 till 'at least' 12 August? Don't high ranking police officers know that you can not contain/control crime in just a few days? It is a 24 hr per day, 365 days of the year job. Announced campaigns not work. Criminals wait until campaign is over and police goes 'in rest'.. So simple is that. With so much fewer people on Phuket, a lot more could have done in crime fighti...

Capricornball | 07 August 2020 - 17:06:10

"There has been an increase in the use of firearms to commit crimes, without any fear of the law." There is no fear of the law, because there is no police presence anywhere, ever.  Everyone knows fact, Thais grow up knowing the police are next to meaningless here, and that is why there is never any respect for right and wrong.  This is beyond a silly campaign that runs out in 5...

ericphuket | 07 August 2020 - 16:49:54

Not surprising the island is economically dead.
As long as tourism is not allowed back it can just risr


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