Phuket launches 'crime-free' plan

A family of tourists relax on Karon Beach, Phuket, in July. (Photo: Achadthaya Chuenniran)
A family of tourists relax on Karon Beach, Phuket, in July. (Photo: Achadthaya Chuenniran)

Phuket is launching a scheme that authorities say will help ensure the safety of international tourists during this high season.

Police said that in the current high season, Phuket is welcoming more than 200,000 visitors monthly.

They said when numbers get so large, concerns about crime rates and illegal activities rise, especially drug offences.

The Phuket Crime Free scheme primarily focuses on securing tourist accommodation. It will make a database of these places and their guests to ensure crime and drug-free environments.

Police stressed the importance of addressing loopholes that certain crime syndicates exploit by using Thai accommodations as bases.

For example, the recent termination of the TM.6 immigration card collection has resulted in a lack of information regarding expatriates' residency during their travels in the country, especially noticeable during peak tourist seasons.

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  • accommodation: a place for someone to stay, live, or work - ที่พัก
  • concern: a worry - ความกังวล
  • environment: the place in which people live and work, including all the physical conditions that affect them - สภาพแวดล้อม, สิ่งแวดล้อม
  • expatriate (expat): a person living in a country that is not their own - คนที่อาศัยอยู่ต่างประเทศ (เป็นเวลานาน)
  • exploit: to treat someone unfairly in order to get some benefit for yourself - หาประโยชน์จาก
  • immigration: dealing with people entering and leaving the country - การตรวจคนเข้าเมือง
  • loophole: a small mistake in an agreement or law which gives someone the chance to avoid having to do something - ช่องโหว่ในกฎหมาย, จุดอ่อน, ข้อบกพร่อง
  • offence: a crime or illegal activity for which there is a punishment - การกระทำผิดกฎหมาย
  • scheme: a plan that is developed by a government or large organisation in order to provide a particular service for people - แผนการ โครงการ
  • syndicate: a group of people or companies who work together and help each other in order to achieve a particular aim - สมาคม, องค์การ, สหการ , การรวมกลุ่มเป็นสมาคม
  • termination: the act of ending something -
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