That's why there is little petty crime the actual gangsters are in uniform and those scams are reserved for them. Went to the wedding of a fairly big chief in Bangkok for 500 folk all opulent, pretty much money no object and flew with some of the party down south to Hat Yai. He checked his pistol in before the flight and got it back when we landed. Years ago it was rumoured the price to be Pattaya's Chief of Police was north of 100 million baht !
Chuan Leekpai was on the same plane and I recognized him and gave him a wai and told him he was the best PM Thailand had ever had (a lie but compared to the Generals he was a giant) - he roared with laughter and said to his party in greatest English - this farang guy is smart !