I recently received the below message from a member of the Pattaya International Ladies Club. We have all heard the stories about this happening to unsuspecting tourists, but please let her experience teach us that none of us are immune.
“I just thought I should write to you and let you know that yesterday while I was walking in the street behind Tuk.com in South Pattaya, a motorcyclist ripped my gold necklace off my neck, in the middle of the day. Luckily I wasn’t injured, just shocked! It was a valuable piece of jewellery that was given to me by my parents for my 21st birthday. I had heard of these things happening occasionally; however, when I reported it to the police they said that it is a common occurrence in Pattaya, and they have people in every day who have had a similar experience. They also told me not to carry a shoulder handbag and use one that crosses the body. When tourism is down, people tend to have less money and resort to crime. I would like to warn all of the PILC members and ask them to take particular care of their handbags and jewellery when walking around Pattaya.”
Thank you for giving us this valuable heads up.
Pattaya International Ladies Club