BANGKOK – Whether running across an eight-lane road while dodging speeding vehicles or hiking 30 steps to cross a street via pedestrian bridge, pedestrians are still in danger.
The dim lights and empty, narrow walkways have caused many overpasses in Bangkok to become wonderful places for muggers to lurk. Although security cameras are installed at many spots around the city, they do little to prevent locals from being victimized.
A Channel 3 report last week surveyed the city to find the 10 darkest, emptiest and scariest overpasses where pedestrians are likely to get robbed at night.
“My brother has to use this overpass all the time, and one day he was threatened for his belongings,” a local student said of a Rama II Road footbridge in the report. “I’m afraid that it might happen to me one day.”
Meanwhile in Bang Khun Thian district reveal they have observed the overpasses in the area and followed up with the project to reduce the crime rates.
“To prevent crimes, we have had the help of technology. We have a project to install CCTVs on the high-risk overpasses,” Pol. Col. Nakarin Sukothawit said. “Each spot for the cameras was chosen and decided by the authorities who observed the area. We also have real-time footage from all of the cameras shown at the station. When we see a suspect, we immediately send an officer there.” – By Coconuts Bangkok
Here’s the full list, according to Channel 3:
1. Jae Leng shop, Vibhavadi Road
2. Reserve Affairs Center, near Soi Vibhavadi 4
3. Veterans General Hospital, Vibhavadi Frontage road
4. Samien Naree Temple, Vibhavadi Frontage Road
5. Kasetsart University, Ngam Wong Wan gate
6. Sarod Temple, Suksawat road
7. Soi Charansanitwong 46
8. Wannothai Market, Rama IV Road
9. Soi Petchkasem 92
10. Krisadanakorn Village, Borommaratchonnani Road