Connect with us


Police force “not enough’ to prevent Phuket crime wave



PHUKET: The increased number of unemployed people roaming Phuket’s streets since the mass cleanup of the island’s beaches has led to a plague of burglaries targeting villas in Cherng Talay, the local police superintendent has confessed to the Phuket Gazette.

“We are not sure if every robbery is being reported to us, but we often receive complaints,” Cherng Talay Police Superintendent Paworn Pornpromma said.

“We are doing our best to combat the problem, but it’s difficult. There are just too many unemployed workers in the area due to the National Council for Peace and Order’s cleanup of the beaches.”

The Cherng Talay Police Station has a total of 60 officers, 12 of whom are patrol officers.

“It isn’t enough to handle the problem,” Col Paworn said.

“Even when we catch these gangs of thieves, it doesn’t stop. We arrested two gangs, and as soon as they were released on bail, they went straight back to robbing houses.”

Col Paworn explained that he has dispatched letters requesting more officers to be stationed in Cherng Talay, but with no success.

“We really can’t wait anymore, the problem must be dealt with now,” Col Paworn said.

For immediate results, the police were originally trying to bring 60 part-time volunteers on board, training them up as Civil Defense Volunteers. However, due to the upcoming high season, many qualified perspective volunteers are being hired to work in the tourism industry.

“At the moment we only have four Civil Defense Volunteers on duty in our area, but we are looking to add 10 more. These will be full-time volunteers, so they will receive some income, as well as food,” said Col Paworn.

Col Paworn cited the Koh Tao murders as an example of how completely an island’s image can be destroyed by crime.

“I won’t let that happen in Phuket, especially in my area of responsibility. Even though Cherng Talay is a bigger area, containing more people, I will not allow that to happen,” Col Paworn said.

“Besides the 14 Civil Defense Volunteers, all I can do is hope that eventually we will get more officers. I think we need almost 50 more to adequately ensure the safety of everyone in our jurisdiction.

— Natthaphol Wittayarungrote


Get more from The Thaiger

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Eastern Thailand8 hours ago

German man believed to have monkeypox briefly fled police

Thailand9 hours ago

New app to help migrant women in Thailand facing abuse

Cambodia10 hours ago

Nigerian man recovers from monkeypox, handed to Cambodian authorities

Sponsored2 days ago

The return of the most important coffee event in Thailand

World11 hours ago

Unusually heavy floods in Pakistan kill 549, thousands of homes damaged

Thailand11 hours ago

How to get the Thailand Elite Visa?

Transport12 hours ago

BTS is offering a free ride… with your mom

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Bangkok12 hours ago

Fire at Energy Ministry’s compound in Bangkok

Phuket13 hours ago

2 meth busts in Phuket this past week

Politics13 hours ago

NIDA Poll: PM Prayut should not extend term after August 24

Chon Buri15 hours ago

Mountain Pub fire: 15 victims dead, owner arrested, club uninsured

Chon Buri15 hours ago

Police transferred, safety measures enacted in wake of Mountain B fire

Bangkok16 hours ago

Bangkok taxi driver who snapped himself raping teen gets jailed

Video16 hours ago

Building a $100mil business in Thailand feat. Michael Kenner | Thaiger Podcast Ep. 1

Tourism16 hours ago

Major jump in Thailand Airbnb searches

Economy17 hours ago

Thailand’s hotels are short on workers

Thailand11 months ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand1 year ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism1 year ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket1 year ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism1 year ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand1 year ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism1 year ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11