Phuket Gazette

PHUKET: The safety of tourists visiting Phuket is always a key concern among local officials, and nowhere on the island is the issue more important than in Patong, which has the island’s highest density of visitors and hotels.

Several agencies play roles in tourist safety there, but none assume greater responsibility than the Patong Police, who currently have 180 officers on 'active' duty.

This is hardly enough for the town’s registered population of about 20,000, not to mention untold numbers of migrant workers from other parts of Thailand, Burma, Nepal, Cambodia and who knows where else – as well as a large and robust population of nocturnal expats.

Added to this are the droves of tourists who fill the 14,821 rooms in the 264 registered accommodation establishments in Patong. (The actual number of rooms available there is probably at least twice that figure.)

Even by conservative estimates, the number of people in Patong will likely exceed 100,000 this coming high season. Because the police work regular eight-hour shifts, one must presume that at any given time only one-third are on duty – about 1,666 people per officer.

This is hardly an encouraging ratio given the amount of alcohol and methamphetamine abuse in a town where law has never been of any particular significance.

Factor in the widespread publicity that accompanies the seemingly endless violence reports, particularly those detailing disputes between tourists and private transport operators, and the need for Patong Police to seek assistance becomes obvious – at least in theory.

For background on this story, see our report in the current issue of the Phuket Gazette. (Digital subscribers click here to download the full newspaper.)

Patong Police do enjoy support from 40 “volunteer officers”, half of whom are foreigners, as well as a small contingent of Tourist Police and their Patong-based volunteers.

But all tallied, the current manpower will hardly be enough to ensure adequate security in the coming high season when record-breaking tourist arrivals are expected.

Well aware of this, Patong Police Superintendent Arayapan Pukbuakao recently announced plans to install 100 more closed-circuit television cameras and to recruit about 50 beachfront workers, including motorcycle taxi drivers and jet-ski rental operators, as “civil protection volunteers”.

The Phuket Gazette agrees in principle with making better use of civilian volunteers, especially some of those on the “front lines” who spend a great deal of time interacting with tourists.

However, we would urge the police to conduct, as credibly as possible under the circumstances, background checks to make sure that those who apply for the positions are not themselves criminals or otherwise likely to succumb to corruption, which is systemic.

Patong does not need to add mercenaries to the fight against fair trade.
– Phuket Gazette

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"...and to recruit about 50 beachfront workers, including motorcycle taxi drivers and jet-ski rental operators, as 'civil protection volunteers'.” Hmmmm, sounds interesting. Next step would be: let the drug mules/addicts arrest the drug supplier, and from there we can develop a "fantastic" new system. Good luck! And please buy my house so I can leave asap.

Posted by The leaving guy October 23, 2011 12:29:49PM

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Who will protect the tourists from the police?

Posted by wolf October 23, 2011 01:42:01PM

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"...and to recruit about 50 beachfront workers, including motorcycle taxi drivers and jet-ski rental operators, as 'civil protection volunteers'.” Hmmmm, sounds interesting. Next step would be: let the drug mules/addicts arrest the drug supplier, and from there we can develop a "fantastic" new system. Good luck! And please buy my house so I can leave asap.

Posted by The leaving guy

Bye-bye. I'm sure your comments will be sadly missed. lol

Posted by agogohome October 23, 2011 01:43:28PM

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OHHH, man, we are doomed. They plan to make some of the worst rip artists into volunteer police! PHUKET, Rest in Peace. We are on a slippery slope and going down fast.

Posted by Gerorge Yamamoto October 23, 2011 01:54:07PM

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Yeah, someone please buy mine too.

Posted by Steve October 23, 2011 02:45:33PM

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The Phuket Gazette agrees in principle with making better use of civilian volunteers, especially some of those on the “front lines” who spend a great deal of time interacting with tourists . You should know better, PG; it's not gonna work because the proposed volunteers are not at all qualified to liaise with tourists. Shame on you when you know the truth.

Posted by Steve October 23, 2011 02:49:30PM

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The Phuket Gazette agrees in principle with making better use of civilian volunteers, especially some of those on the “front lines” who spend a great deal of time interacting with tourists . You should know better, PG; it's not gonna work because the proposed volunteers are not at all qualified to liaise with tourists. Shame on you when you know the truth.

Posted by Steve

Of course PG knows the truth. That is precisely why they state that they agree IN PRINCIPLE (only) with the CONCEPT of civilian volunteers. Clearly, they do not agree that the volunteers should include any of the elements known to rip off tourists.

Posted by Joe Siragusa October 23, 2011 03:40:05PM

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The Phuket Gazette agrees in principle with making better use of civilian volunteers, especially some of those on the “front lines” who spend a great deal of time interacting with tourists . You should know better, PG; it's not gonna work because the proposed volunteers are not at all qualified to liaise with tourists. Shame on you when you know the truth.

Posted by Steve

Of course PG knows the truth. That is precisely why they state that they agree IN PRINCIPLE (only) with the CONCEPT of civilian volunteers. Clearly, they do not agree that the volunteers should include any of the elements known to rip off tourists.

Posted by Joe Siragusa

Its also shame they never posted exactly wot I said then maybe u would understand Joe

Posted by steve October 23, 2011 03:59:14PM

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Is this some level of corruption competition? No worries, that's just my wolves tending your sheep.

I do not agree in principle that any of this is a good idea. Tuk-tuk drivers and Jet-ski operators working for the corrupt? What a stew.

Posted by Northern Tours and Adventures October 23, 2011 04:25:11PM

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"...and to recruit about 50 beachfront workers, including motorcycle taxi drivers and jet-ski rental operators, as 'civil protection volunteers'.” Hmmmm, sounds interesting. Next step would be: let the drug mules/addicts arrest the drug supplier, and from there we can develop a "fantastic" new system. Good luck! And please buy my house so I can leave asap.

Posted by The leaving guy

Where's your house? I'm looking for the right one at the right price.
Also, how does an ex-pat become a volley? I've got a mate coming over. Could they provide visas?

Posted by Mois October 23, 2011 04:25:18PM

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So basically it means we should avoid about 50 people more than what we normally do!

Posted by kinney oh October 23, 2011 04:25:59PM

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Who will protect the tourists from the police?

Posted by wolf

Same as those who protect the residents from the police.

Posted by A Wiliams October 24, 2011 05:17:11AM

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Who will protect the tourists from the police?

Posted by wolf

Same as those who protect the residents from the police.

Posted by A Wiliams

And, who might that be?

Posted by Mike MacPherson October 24, 2011 08:25:35AM

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I do think the PG needs to be more objective in its reporting. Phuket police have alwaysbeen understaffed according to western standards, but they seem to maintain peace on the island as a whole. Cultural differences do not necessarily mean that the Thai police are doing nothing. No amount of physical bodies can accomplish the abolition of crime.

Posted by oncourse October 24, 2011 01:50:37PM

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HaHaHa. I'm not sure how many of you have come across these jet-ski scam operators and self proclaimed owners of Patong Beach. Yeah, good idea. Let's now actually give them official authority. Time to explore the rest of my own country (Australia) before going back to Thailand me thinks.

Posted by Dave October 27, 2011 03:48:38AM

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HaHaHa. I'm not sure how many of you have come across these jet-ski scam operators and self proclaimed owners of Patong Beach. Yeah, good idea. Let's now actually give them official authority. Time to explore the rest of my own country (Australia) before going back to Thailand me thinks.

Posted by Dave

Great idea. Australia is scam-free. No doubt about that. lol

Posted by Gerhard Kreug October 27, 2011 08:22:56AM

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Who will protect the tourists from the police?

Posted by wolf

Right on! Yeah! Who?

Posted by Stranded tourist November 7, 2011 07:54:20PM

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Who will protect the tourists from the police?

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Right on! Yeah! Who?

Posted by Stranded tourist November 7, 2011 07:54:20PM

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HaHaHa. I'm not sure how many of you have come across these jet-ski scam operators and self proclaimed owners of Patong Beach. Yeah, good idea. Let's now actually give them official authority. Time to explore the rest of my own country (Australia) before going back to Thailand me thinks.

Posted by Dave

Great idea. Australia is scam-free. No doubt about that. lol

Posted by Gerhard Kreug October 27, 2011 08:22:56AM

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HaHaHa. I'm not sure how many of you have come across these jet-ski scam operators and self proclaimed owners of Patong Beach. Yeah, good idea. Let's now actually give them official authority. Time to explore the rest of my own country (Australia) before going back to Thailand me thinks.

Posted by Dave October 27, 2011 03:48:38AM

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I do think the PG needs to be more objective in its reporting. Phuket police have alwaysbeen understaffed according to western standards, but they seem to maintain peace on the island as a whole. Cultural differences do not necessarily mean that the Thai police are doing nothing. No amount of physical bodies can accomplish the abolition of crime.

Posted by oncourse October 24, 2011 01:50:37PM

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Who will protect the tourists from the police?

Posted by wolf

Same as those who protect the residents from the police.

Posted by A Wiliams

And, who might that be?

Posted by Mike MacPherson October 24, 2011 08:25:35AM

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Who will protect the tourists from the police?

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Same as those who protect the residents from the police.

Posted by A Wiliams October 24, 2011 05:17:11AM

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So basically it means we should avoid about 50 people more than what we normally do!

Posted by kinney oh October 23, 2011 04:25:59PM

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"...and to recruit about 50 beachfront workers, including motorcycle taxi drivers and jet-ski rental operators, as 'civil protection volunteers'.” Hmmmm, sounds interesting. Next step would be: let the drug mules/addicts arrest the drug supplier, and from there we can develop a "fantastic" new system. Good luck! And please buy my house so I can leave asap.

Posted by The leaving guy

Where's your house? I'm looking for the right one at the right price.
Also, how does an ex-pat become a volley? I've got a mate coming over. Could they provide visas?

Posted by Mois October 23, 2011 04:25:18PM

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Is this some level of corruption competition? No worries, that's just my wolves tending your sheep.

I do not agree in principle that any of this is a good idea. Tuk-tuk drivers and Jet-ski operators working for the corrupt? What a stew.

Posted by Northern Tours and Adventures October 23, 2011 04:25:11PM

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The Phuket Gazette agrees in principle with making better use of civilian volunteers, especially some of those on the “front lines” who spend a great deal of time interacting with tourists . You should know better, PG; it's not gonna work because the proposed volunteers are not at all qualified to liaise with tourists. Shame on you when you know the truth.

Posted by Steve

Of course PG knows the truth. That is precisely why they state that they agree IN PRINCIPLE (only) with the CONCEPT of civilian volunteers. Clearly, they do not agree that the volunteers should include any of the elements known to rip off tourists.

Posted by Joe Siragusa

Its also shame they never posted exactly wot I said then maybe u would understand Joe

Posted by steve October 23, 2011 03:59:14PM

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The Phuket Gazette agrees in principle with making better use of civilian volunteers, especially some of those on the “front lines” who spend a great deal of time interacting with tourists . You should know better, PG; it's not gonna work because the proposed volunteers are not at all qualified to liaise with tourists. Shame on you when you know the truth.

Posted by Steve

Of course PG knows the truth. That is precisely why they state that they agree IN PRINCIPLE (only) with the CONCEPT of civilian volunteers. Clearly, they do not agree that the volunteers should include any of the elements known to rip off tourists.

Posted by Joe Siragusa October 23, 2011 03:40:05PM

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The Phuket Gazette agrees in principle with making better use of civilian volunteers, especially some of those on the “front lines” who spend a great deal of time interacting with tourists . You should know better, PG; it's not gonna work because the proposed volunteers are not at all qualified to liaise with tourists. Shame on you when you know the truth.

Posted by Steve October 23, 2011 02:49:30PM

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Yeah, someone please buy mine too.

Posted by Steve October 23, 2011 02:45:33PM

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OHHH, man, we are doomed. They plan to make some of the worst rip artists into volunteer police! PHUKET, Rest in Peace. We are on a slippery slope and going down fast.

Posted by Gerorge Yamamoto October 23, 2011 01:54:07PM

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"...and to recruit about 50 beachfront workers, including motorcycle taxi drivers and jet-ski rental operators, as 'civil protection volunteers'.” Hmmmm, sounds interesting. Next step would be: let the drug mules/addicts arrest the drug supplier, and from there we can develop a "fantastic" new system. Good luck! And please buy my house so I can leave asap.

Posted by The leaving guy

Bye-bye. I'm sure your comments will be sadly missed. lol

Posted by agogohome October 23, 2011 01:43:28PM

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Who will protect the tourists from the police?

Posted by wolf October 23, 2011 01:42:01PM

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"...and to recruit about 50 beachfront workers, including motorcycle taxi drivers and jet-ski rental operators, as 'civil protection volunteers'.” Hmmmm, sounds interesting. Next step would be: let the drug mules/addicts arrest the drug supplier, and from there we can develop a "fantastic" new system. Good luck! And please buy my house so I can leave asap.

Posted by The leaving guy October 23, 2011 12:29:49PM

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