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.