Police request AI assistance for crime solving

The Royal Thai Police (RTP) are urging for an enhancement of the Immigration Bureau’s biometric identification systems using artificial intelligence (AI) technology to aid in the tracking and monitoring of international criminals.

This recommendation comes in the wake of recent abduction incidents involving Chinese victims. In one case, officers from the Bang Phong Phang Police Station successfully rescued a Chinese man who had been kidnapped for a ransom of 1.8 million baht in Sathon on April 18.

Deputy National Police Chief Pol Gen Surachate Hakparn confirmed that Chinese charge d’affaires were invited to the RTP office yesterday to discuss measures for crime prevention, specifically focusing on recent cases, as the reopening of China’s borders has led to an increase in the number of Chinese people living and visiting Thailand.

He acknowledged the necessity for enhancing the country’s immigration system, stating that the incorporation of AI technology would greatly improve the prevention of cross-border criminal activity.

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Increased efforts in the screening process have been ordered by the RTP for immigration checkpoints, while a greater investigation of Chinese-owned businesses in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket, and Pattaya has also been initiated.

Yesterday, the police arrested four more suspects, three of whom have been confirmed as Chinese nationals, in connection to the Bangkok abduction of the Chinese man held for the 1.8 million baht ransom.

The suspects – two men and one woman – are believed to be the ringleaders of a scheme involving a total of 11 individuals.

Three other suspects were apprehended when the police freed the victim on Tuesday. The two Chinese men arrested on Wednesday have been identified as Liu Zemin and Luo Lijin, and the woman as Wang Xiaolei.

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Mitch Connor

Mitch is a Bangkok resident, having relocated from Southern California, via Florida in 2022. He studied journalism before dropping out of college to teach English in South America. After returning to the US, he spent 4 years working for various online publishers before moving to Thailand.

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