Pattaya Police add more patrols to stop theft against Indian tourists

Police patrol Beach Road, screen grab.

Pattaya Police are working toward promises to end gold theft against tourists, particularly Indian tourists. Between last night and this morning, Pattaya Police and tourist police walked up and down Beach Road. Tourist Police Lieutenant Thanaphat Klebe-Udom said officers were interviewing “suspiciously” loitering individuals at random.

But Thanaphat said police are especially interviewing loiterers who are transgender. He said officers are making sure transgender loiterers have no criminal history and questioning why they are loitering the area.

Some LGBT rights groups expressed concern about specifically targeting transgender people with similar measures in the past, according to The Pattaya News. But Pattaya police say that almost all reports of pickpocketing and theft against tourists involve transgender people. They say the culprits either loiter late at night or approach victims on motorbikes.

This news follows a string of incidents where thieves have snatched gold necklaces from Indian travellers in recent months. Suspects often flirt with the tourists and touch them, asking them to come to their hotel with them. Victims often realise they have been robbed after they manage to push the thieves away.

Many of the gold necklaces that thieves have stolen from Indian tourists have been pricey. Last month, a thief stole a necklace valued at 85,000 baht.

Thanaphat reminded tourists not to wear flashy jewelry, or show off large amounts of money. He also warned tourists to try to avoid walking alone late at night, especially if they are heavily intoxicated.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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Tara Abhasakun

A Thai-American dual citizen, Tara has reported news and spoken on a number of human rights and cultural news issues in Thailand. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in history from The College of Wooster. She interned at Southeast Asia Globe, and has written for a number of outlets. Tara reports on a range of Thailand news issues.

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