Gen Wuthi said that during the 40 days, no tourists were murdered, raped, or killed in the course of a robbery in any of the five places. Police also successfully “wiped out” all ladyboy prostitution in Pattaya.
“Also, we reduced the number of cases of foreigners being deceived into buying [fake or poor quality] jewellery, thefts of tourists’ property on tour buses, and tourists being coerced by touts into buying tailored clothes. Now we have solved these problems.”
“This is a good thing, because if we allow [these things] to happen then it will ruin the country’s tourism reputation.”
However, he said there are still some illegal tour counters. “So I have ordered the Tourist Police to fix this within seven days.”
A total of 10,000 raids had been carried out, he said. Of these, 5,000 involved drugs, 2,000 ended in arrests of people overstaying or working illegally, and 1,600 were against prostitution. The others involved gambling (500 raids), illegal possession of guns (200) and other lesser crimes.
“Our raids caused ladyboy prostitution in Pattaya to be wiped out,” he said.
More than 2,000 people were arrested in Phuket alone during the 40 days.
The numbers were: 35 hotels and guesthouses fined for not reporting details of guests to Immigration; 276 foreigners arrested for overstaying; 48 foreigners arrested for working illegally; 177 arrested after being found to have entered the country illegally; 27 for working illegally as guides; 742 arrested for providing unlicensed taxi services; 411 arrested for involvement with illegal drugs; 123 arrested for copyright piracy; 45 caught for illegal possession of guns; and 293 for pimping.
“Also, from a survey conducted during the 40 days, 80 per cent of tourists declared themselves confident in the security measure provided by the Royal Thai Police,” added Gen Wuthi.
“Now that the 40 days of raids are complete, police officers who were drafted in to help can go back to their normal jobs, taking care of the people and the province.” he said.
“The number of complaints from tourists has fallen, so we are confident that our measures were successful in controlling crime.
“However, when or if the number of complaints rises again, we will come back and conduct more raids.”
Gen Pichit noted, “The Ministry of Tourism & Sports has allocated a budget of B197 million [for the 2014 fiscal year, starting next Tuesday, October 1] for the Tourist Police to install security cameras in Phuket, Samui, Pattaya and Chiang Mai. We will start in Phuket as the pilot province for this project.
“The Tourist Police are now working on this.”