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Dusit Poll Shows More than Half the People Surveyed Don’t Feel Safe on Thailand’s Streets

Three of the four men were injured, one fatally, during a shootout with Bangkok

Three of the four gang men were injured, one fatally, during a shootout with Bangkok, April 2016.

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BANGKOK – A recent Dusit Poll in Thailand has revealed most people believe crimes are more frequent in Thai society due to a slow economy and lenient laws.

According to the survey, the majority of respondents also believe drugs and other vices contribute to growing criminal activities, in addition to the sluggish economy.

They want the authorities to take serious action against all crimes. Legal punishments should be harsher in order to stop and prevent future crimes. Parents should also pay more attention to their children’s development.

Half the respondents said they don’t feel safe in the street now following the attack on a disabled man by a group of teenagers on Soi Chokchai 4. They claimed the incident was a reflection of how Thai society has become more violent.

The survey revealed that they also hoped that police, the National Council for Peace and Order and the family unit would do more to keep criminal activity at bay.

Crime in Thailand is a persistent, growing, complex, internationalized, and under-recognized problem. Since the 2014 coup, crime in Thailand is reported by the Royal Thai Police; however, there is no single agency which acts as a watchdog and publishes statistics

The military coup of May 2014 brought the promise of a crackdown on crime in Thailand. But in November 2015, the New York Times reported that in the fiscal year ending September 2015, the national police have seen a surge in thefts, burglaries, and robberies, more than 75,557 thefts and other property crimes in the fiscal year, 10.5 percent higher than the previous year.

Violent crime was up 8.6 percent during the same period. These figures have been contested by the police and by Amorn Wanichwiwatana, a criminologist at Chulalongkorn University, who said he was not aware of any significant uptick in crime since the military came to power. Read more….

By Nuppol Suvansombut

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