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Kamala residents asked to be more vigilant after increase in burglaries

Kamala residents asked to be more vigilant after increase in burglaries

PHUKET: Kamala police are asking residents to be on their guard following a rising amount of burglaries happening in the area. However, Col ML Pattanachak Chakrabandhu told The Phuket News yesterday (Jan 7) that he believes now the New Year festivities are over the number will reduce.

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By Saroj Kueprasertkij

Friday 8 January 2016, 10:27AM


After re-adjusting Kamala Police Station's manpower to cover the areas in question the number of burglaries has decrease.

After re-adjusting Kamala Police Station's manpower to cover the areas in question the number of burglaries has decrease.

Col ML Pattanachak said that because police were assigned to other duties during the New Year period, thus reducing manpower, people were using this as an opportunity to carry out burglaries on sois and small streets.

“After receiving complaints and reports about the burglaries we immediately held a meeting to try to counter the problem,” Col ML Pattanachak explained.

“We located the hot spots and found the time the crimes were being committed and re-adjusted our man power to cover the areas in question. Since taking this action we have seen a reduction in burglaries in those areas,” he said.

Although the number of burglaries have now reduced, police are still not completely satisfied with the results because they have only made one arrest.

“We are now investigating case by case and studying closely CCTV footage to help us try to identify the burglars. We expect to bring them in for questioning soon,” Col ML Pattanachak added.

However, Col ML Pattanachak is also asking for cooperation from the locals residents, especially foreigners, and has said to they make sure they lock their premises before leaving and also to make a record of serial number of expensive electrical appliances.

“In some cases we have found that the victims had left the doors of their premises unlocked when they leave. Sadly, that invites crime.

“If you have a record of the serial number of your appliances it will make it easier for us to return them to you once they have been recovered,” Col ML Pattanachak concluded.

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reality check | 09 January 2016 - 06:54:45

Richard I understand your frustration as I am also a victim in Kamala of two robberies.  But the police situation here is no different than in western countries.  Police can't patrol every street at all hours.  It is up to us to assist with changing locks, key control CCTV and any other means to provide evidence to the police. A claim of a robbery without evidence can't be treated as valid...

Jome | 08 January 2016 - 20:27:19

This should be completely vice versa.....Not the residents should be asked to be more vigilant.....the police should be asked to be vigilant and just do their job.

Richard Vickers | 08 January 2016 - 14:59:23

What a bunch of crap. Our property was broken into twice, and months before the holidays.  Both times, Kamala police couldn't be bothered. This is just typical Thai police response..."[residents] need to be more vigilant"..., but he forgot to add that "...because we (the police) really don't care about your stuff, because you are farang and have more money and stuff than Tha...

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