Pattaya battens down hatches after Paris attacks

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Pattaya stepped up security following last Friday’s Paris attacks, bringing together business leaders and city, district, police and tourism officials to ensure safety for tourists and residents.

Banglamung District Chief Chakorn Kanchawattana chaired the Nov. 17 meeting called after the Ministry of Interior issued an urgent bulletin for local governments to tighten security in the wake of the Islamic State shootings and bombings that killed more than 129 in France.

Objectives are to secure all locations, stay alert and crack down on all potential crime.

(L to R) Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome, Banglamung District Chief Chakorn Kanchawattana, and Maj. Somkiet Suemklang from Military Base 14 announce extra security measures in Pattaya following last Friday’s Paris attacks.(L to R) Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome, Banglamung District Chief Chakorn Kanchawattana, and Maj. Somkiet Suemklang from Military Base 14 announce extra security measures in Pattaya following last Friday’s Paris attacks.

The mandate ordered cooperation between local organizations to watch and enhance security in government facilities, tourist attractions, shopping malls, hotels and highly populated areas; coordinate local law enforcement and increase checkpoints and patrols; and alert all officers on duty to be extra careful and ensure designated areas are guarded around the clock.

The ministry also ordered a check of all CCTV systems to ensure they are operating, maintain proper street illumination, prepare emergency plans and report any emergencies to the ministry.

Pattaya Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome said Pattaya is not likely to be targeted or affected. The city, he said, welcomes people of all cultures, no matter their religions or nationalities. However, the unexpected can happen at any location and any minute everyone must all work together to keep the area safe.

Thai Hotels Association Eastern Region President Sanphet Suphabuansathien said hotels were warned to report any suspicious behavior or activity by guests.