Connect with us


Police push for 180 more CCTV cameras

Legacy Phuket Gazette



Police push for 180 more CCTV cameras | Thaiger

PHUKET: After hailing as a success the installation of 48 closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras around the island, Phuket Provincial Police Superintendent of General Staff Pol Col Peerayut Karajedee on Friday announced that police are now looking to install 180 more public surveillance cameras.

At the monthly Governor Meets the Press meeting, Col Peerayut said that the 48 cameras installed in Phuket City, Kata-Karon and Patong at a cost of 16 million baht had proven useful in police work in the cameras’ first three months of operation.

“The CCTV system helps police in both crime suppression and prevention, as well as in traffic monitoring and control. Reports from the three control stations show that the CCTV has helped solve many criminal cases, including snatch-and-run thefts and acts involving bodily harm.

“We can follow the suspects and order the closest police officers to intercept them more easily. We can use the CCTV records as evidence in traffic cases, too,” he said.

However, Col Peerayut said that the current CCTV system has some minor faults. Sometimes images lack the resolution needed to make out car license plate numbers and better “zoom” functions could be added, he said.

“The main problem now is operating costs, especially electricity charges. Every CCTV camera needs electricity and air conditioners must operate 24 hours a day in each control room,” he said.

“We are now looking for help in covering these costs from local administrative bodies, which benefit directly from the CCTV system,” he added.

Phuket Vice-Governor Worapoj Ratthasima said that the second phase of CCTV system will be installed by the end of this year.

“We have identified 180 ‘risk areas’ in Phuket’s three districts where CCTV cameras should be installed. Local administrations now are preparing budgets for that and I will hold a meeting soon to discuss it further,” he said.

In addition to boosting coverage in Phuket City, Kata-Karon and Patong, cameras are expected to be set up in key areas of tambons Wichit and Rawai in Muang District as well as in Tah Chat Chai in Mai Khao, Thalang.

“We have also asked for the private sector, such as shopping centers, shops, housing estate developments and hotels, to install CCTV cameras [linked to the police system] so we can use them in case any crimes are committed in their areas. We have had a good response from them,” V/G Worapoj said.


Get more from The Thaiger

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS
👋 Have your say on our Thailand forums
🔔 Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
📺 Subscribe / Join YouTube for daily shows
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🐦 FOLLOW us on Twitter
📷 FOLLOW us on Instagram


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.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

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

Follow Thaiger by email:

Best of54 mins ago

Top 5 Wine Bars in Bangkok with Delivery

Best of1 hour ago

The Best Bakeries in Bangkok with Delivery

Coronavirus (Covid-19)2 hours ago

More Pattaya people arrested drinking alcohol, violating Covid measures

Welcome back to Thailand!

Thaiger is getting behind local businesses for the restart of tourism in Thailand - up to 50% discounts across all advertising packages!

Best of2 hours ago

5 of the most appealing Phang Nga hotels

Phuket3 hours ago

“Phuket Sandbox” still on, provincial restrictions set after uptick in Covid-19

Thailand3 hours ago

Thailand News Today | Boss indictment, Pattaya arrests, bubble burst | July 27

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Best of3 hours ago

Top 5 bars in Pattaya

Thailand4 hours ago

UPDATE: Dying Samut Prakan mother tells daughters to go to orphanage

Best of4 hours ago

Top 5 Thai restaurants in Krabi

Drugs4 hours ago

Hong Kong officials seize 61 kilograms of heroin shipped from Bangkok

Best of4 hours ago

Koh Pha Ngan’s 5 best resorts

North East5 hours ago

Couple “drops off” Covid infected 80 year old father at Korat temple, drive off

Coronavirus (Covid-19)5 hours ago

Phuket officials add new layers of restrictions, Central closed for 7 days

Thailand6 hours ago

Korat construction camp closed following Covid outbreak

Coronavirus (Covid-19)7 hours ago

Tuesday Covid Update: 14,150 new cases; provincial totals

Thailand5 months ago

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

Tourism5 months ago

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

Phuket5 months ago

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

Tourism5 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand5 months ago

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

Tourism5 months ago

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

Thailand6 months ago

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

Thailand6 months ago

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

Thailand6 months ago

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

Thailand6 months ago

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

Thailand6 months ago

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

Thailand7 months ago

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

Thailand7 months ago

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

Thailand7 months ago

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

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Southern floods, Face mask fines, Thai Air Asia woes | January 8