Crime rate rising after tsunami

PHUKET CITY: Police are reporting a surge in crime brought about by the downturn in the tourism industry following the tsunami disaster, and are advising people to take extra precautions to protect themselves against opportunistic thieves.

In a press release issued by the Phuket City Police, Superintendent Pol Col Paween Pongsirin said there has been an increase in home and office burglaries, purse snatchings, shoplifing, muggings and other crimes born out of economic desperation.

Many of the crimes have been carried out in and around shopping malls.

Col Paween suggested the following practical measures residents could take to avoid becoming victims of such crimes:

Business owners making large cash deposits in banks before or after weekends should exercise caution and consider employing security personnel for added protection. Cash stored in homes or the workplace should be kept in a safe or under the supervision of a security guard.

– Jewelry shop owners should install closed-circuit TV security systems and staff should be especially vigilant when customers enter the shop and ask to inspect merchandise.

– Homeowners and tenants should put valuables in a safe place before leaving home and ensure that all doors, windows and locks are secure and tamper-proof.

– Jewelry and other accessories should be worn under clothing so as not to attract thieves.

– Motorcycle riders should be cautious when carrying valuables, and should never place wallets, purses or other valuables in the front basket.

Any crime or suspicious behavior should be reported to immediately by calling the emergency number 191 or Tel: (076) 212129 or (076) 212115 (ext 403).

Phuket News

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