Thailand now more dangerous: Poll

Thailand now more dangerous: Poll

Police find a van used by armed men in the gold robbery in Na Thawi district in a rubber plantation, about 15 kilometres from the gold shop. (Photo by Assawin Pakkawan)
Police find a van used by armed men in the gold robbery in Na Thawi district in a rubber plantation, about 15 kilometres from the gold shop. (Photo by Assawin Pakkawan)

People are now facing higher risks to their security and personal wellbeing than a year ago, according to a survey by Suan Dusit Rajabhat University, or Suan Dusit Poll.

The poll was conducted on Jan 15-18 on 1,365 people throughout the country following a spate of serious crime news -- including rapes, robberies and drug dealing -- culminating in the gold shop heist in Lop Buri province.

Asked about risks to their personal security, a majority of respondents -- 67.69% -- said they have become more serious over the past year as a result of the ecnomic slump, deteriorated social conditions and low moral standards; 27.47% said security in life and property remains the same as before; and 4.84% said risks to life and security have decreased as the government has taken more stringent measures against crime.

Asked what causes the risks to their personal security, 53.87% pointed to the poor economy; 24.46% cited deteriorated social conditions, social disparities and a low standard of living; 21.36% cited the government's inability to solve economic problems, forcing people to help themselves; 18.27% said they reflect people's low moral standards; and 14.55% cited poor enforcement of the laws.

Asked to identify the security threats they most fear, 67.59% pointed to robberies and banditry; 32.76% said of use of violence and weapons such as guns and knives; 25.17% cited the spread of narcotic drugs; 21.38% pointed to sexual offences; and 15.17% cited the problem of toxic smog.

Asked what the relevant government agencies should do, 46.51% said they should be more serious about law enforcement and amend the laws as necessary to reflect changing times; 43.41% said they should make sure all security cameras are well maintained and operational; 20.54% said they should be all be allowed to arrest culprits regardless of the type of case; and 16.67% said they should always provide people with accurate and helpful information.


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