Pol. Col. Panthana Noochanart, Acting Superintendent, Pattaya police station, Chonburi province, announced that with the peak tourist season approaching in the festive holiday months, the Pattaya police force is making adjustments in anticipation of the increased activity.
He has arranged for officers in every unit to spend more time on the streets enforcing traffic laws, and also to help subdue crime in the area. Because the Pattaya police station has seen a reduction in forces from 500 to only 300 police officers, more volunteer police were asked to join them.
To deal with traffic, more police will be on the streets during evenings, when more vehicles are on the roads compared to daylight hours.
For dealing with crime reduction, Pol. Col. Panthana mentioned recent efforts by the Pattaya government to improve the scenery of Pattaya beach, such as trimming trees to provide more illumination in darker areas.
Police are also working to actively reduce crimes against tourists. They have been aggressively montitoring ladyboys and prostitiutes, and checking their histories for any drug substance abuse. More than 1,000 tourist workers in the sex industry have been checked out by the police.
Police are hoping the increased monitoring will help reduce the problem of snatch-and-run thefts. The police commander noted a statistical decrease in such thefts this July compared to July of last year.
The Pattaya police has the same objective as the central policy of the Chonburi provincial governor and the commander of the Chonburi police station, said the Pattaya police acting superintendant, which is to effectively provide for the service and safety of residents and the tourists visiting Pattaya.