Pattaya police on high alert after Bangkok bombing

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Around Pattaya, vehicle checks were increased at shopping malls and hotels to prevent car bombs from going off in underground garages.
Around Pattaya, vehicle checks were increased at shopping malls and hotels to prevent car bombs from going off in underground garages.

Pattaya police have been placed on higher alert following last month’s bombing at a Bangkok hospital.

Police chief Pol. Col. Apichai Kroppech said May 23 police verified that closed-circuit cameras throughout the city were working and that officers had set up additional road checkpoints to boost security.

Following the May 22 bombing at Phramongkutklao Hospital, which left dozens injured, Pattaya police hosted a meeting to ensure that all residents remain vigilant. Additionally, police asked for cooperation in reporting any suspicious objects or activities either by directly contacting the Pattaya Police, calling 191, or using the “Police I Lert U” smartphone application.

Hotels, shopping centers and office buildings have tightened security as well. Pattaya City Hall deployed security officers to public areas May 25 to inspect all vehicles and the identification cards of the drivers. In addition, city workers were given stickers to designate their private vehicles.

Chonburi Gov. Pakarathorn Thienchai called on the military to supplement local authorities in stepping up security. Meanwhile, he called a meeting to coordinate security measures between agencies.

Apichai recommended that all tour guides pay extra attention to the safety and security of tourists.