Police step up security measures

Police step up security measures

Stringent security at Suvarnabhumi. (Photo by Weerawong Wongpreedee)
Stringent security at Suvarnabhumi. (Photo by Weerawong Wongpreedee)

Key police units have combined forces in mounting tough surveillance and preparing security responses in tourist areas in Bangkok, with airports placed on high alert following the arson and bomb attacks in the South.

The Metropolitan Police Bureau has joined with the Tourist Police and the Immigration Police Bureau as they mobilised officers in popular tourist spots including Yaowarat, Soi Cowboy and Khao San Road.

MPB deputy chief Pol Maj Gen Sompong Chingduang said police were strictly enforcing order and implementing intense surveillance throughout Bangkok, particularly in tourist places.

The three police units have been asking hotels, apartments and houses rented by foreign nationals to check their customers' and tenants' identification documents. If necessary, identification information should be sent to authorities.

Police will also coordinate with the military in setting up joint security checkpoints in the event of an emergency, said Pol Maj Gen Sompong.

He also urged people not to share or post online unverified information that could have far-reaching repercussions on security. Anyone with intent to spread messages to create havoc is liable for heavy punishment under the Computer Crimes Act.

The public are also asked to help police keep any eye out for suspicious characters or activities and report them to authorities.

Tourist Police deputy chief Pol Col Nithithorn Chintakanon said security patrols had been intensified at Suvarnabhumi airport.

Patrols have been conducted in and around the airport by tourist police, including some in plain clothes, and artillery soldiers. In particular, security has been stepped up at the entrances and exits as well as the drop-off points at the international terminal.

Police are ensuring no bags are left unattended at the airport as checks of baggage and personal belongings are also beefed up. Vehicles using the airport car parks are being checked.

Pol Col Nithithorn said Tourist Police have devised a contingency plan in case a speedy evacuation of the airport is required.

In other areas of Samut Prakan province, more roadside checkpoints have been set up, with district chiefs supervising emergency response centres around the clock.

Phuket airport yesterday advised travellers to allow plenty of time to check in for their flights as busy security checkpoints at the airport are causing delays.

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