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Tourist police clamp down on overstay, tourism-related crimes

Tourist police clamp down on overstay, tourism-related crimes

CHONBURI: Thailand’s Tourist Police have launched a nationwide campaign to suppress tourism-related crime, including overstay and other violations of the law by foreigners in Thailand as well as crimes against them.

By The Phuket News

Friday 24 March 2023, 04:56PM

The campaign was launched yesterday (Mar 23) in Pattaya. Tourist Police Deputy Commissioner May Gen Pongsiam Meekanthong presided over the ceremony joined by Col Songwut Chuaplakit, Col Woraprot Phalanisong, Let Col Prin Sripattarakenchai and other officers.

Tourist Police reported in a Facebook post, that officers will crack down on ten types of tourism-related crimes “such as overstay and other offenses affecting all aspects of tourism business across the country”. The list of the ten crimes was not revealed to the public. 

In the same publication, Tourist Police passed “a message to tourists and fellow citizens” about how they can report incidents and send relevant information to the agency.

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Two channels of communication were recommended, namely the 1155 hotline and the Tourist Police I Lert U mobile application. The latter also allows sharing geolocation and pictures.

At the time of print, Phuket Tourist Police had not issued any statements about the campaign in Phuket.

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Kurt | 27 March 2023 - 09:21:59

Start the clamp down on Immigration officers, visa agents and foreigners provided 1 year student visa for Thai Boxing, Thai language learning, and study Buddhism. 'Students' pay study fees+commissions and 1 year later repeat the whole thing. It still happen, despite what Poolie like to 'sell' us as truth because he read that. Saying & doing are different things in Thailand. 

Pooliekev | 26 March 2023 - 13:11:39

@Kurt. No they can't. That one was rumbled back in the summer and is no longer an option. Do try and stay with the programme. 

Kurt | 26 March 2023 - 12:05:17

It's public secret that foreigners can get multiple times 'student visa' for study thai here. They enroll institutions,, pay a high student fee for ignoring they not go for school hours. So, how tourist police check on that? 1: receive a %% of the student bribe from institution administrations  and ignore it. 2: Check with prolongation student visa the progress thai speaking? Pick 1 or...

Jonty369 | 25 March 2023 - 13:26:53

Its all about tourist CASH.. Give me 5000baht or i give you a yellow card. Red/Yellow card gives the police more power to excercise their corruption. The only time i will be ringing 1155 hotline is to report the cops.

JohnC | 25 March 2023 - 09:03:29

Do their duties also include arresting tourists riding scooters without a valid licence who didn't know any better? Or is that lucrative enterprise specific only to the standard brown bears. Unbelievable. For more than 2 years desperate for any tourists to come here and now they have it seems the attitude has turned to arresting them for anything possible.

Jonty369 | 25 March 2023 - 08:39:04

Do we ring 1155 hotline to report corrupt police? or will we get a red/yellow card for reporting corruption.

Kurt | 24 March 2023 - 20:13:03

There we go again. Campaign launched with a lot of music, but typical Thai, just half/half. List with 10 crimes not revealed to public. So, as public,what to report? I know 1 happening, was on CNN and BBC world. 1 tourist was bungee jumping in Pattaya, and the cord broke off. Case of thai negligence, dangering live of tourist.


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