Hotels urged to watch for suspicious foreigners
PHUKET TOWN: The Deputy Commander of Phuket Provincial Police, Pol Col Apirak Hongtong, last night appealed for hotel and resort staff to be on the lookout for foreigners acting suspiciously, in order to aid police in solving crimes committed by tourists. Speaking at the annual meeting of the Thai Hospitality Club of Phuket, held at The Metropole hotel, Col Apirak said, “In the past, more than 90% of crimes committed by tourists have been solved thanks to information given by front office staff.” He said that staff should be on the lookout for tourists acting suspiciously, such as being in an hurry without reason, sweating profusely or even running away. He also asked for staff to be wary of tourists carrying large parcels, and to ask to inspect any parcels that seem suspicious. “If you think a foreigner is acting suspiciously, ask to copy his passport and visa, and, if possible, note the registration of his rental vehicle – then call the police,” Col Apirak said. He also asked for staff to be wary of vehicles left at hotels for a long time. “If there are cars or vans parked on your property for a long time, tell the bell boys and the security guards, and then call us to check,” he said.
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