Top police brass hears about foreign criminals in Pattaya

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Top Royal Thai Police officials visited Pattaya to get an update on transnational crime-prevention efforts and prepare local officers for the upcoming ASEAN Economic Community.

Pattaya Police Superintendent Pol. Col. Sukthat Pumpunmuang welcomed Deputy Commissioner-General Pol. Gen. Wuthi Liptapanlop and the June 30 top-brass delegation, which included Region 2 commander Maj. Gen. Thanet Pinmueng-ngam, his top lieutenants and Chonburi Police Superintendent Pol. Maj. Gen. Nitipong Niamnoi.

The visit was intended as a forum for all police segments, including the immigration and tourist divisions, to share experiences and update top officials on crime statistics.

Deputy Commissioner-General Pol. Gen. Wuthi Liptapanlop visited Pattaya to get an update on transnational crime-prevention efforts.Deputy Commissioner-General Pol. Gen. Wuthi Liptapanlop visited Pattaya to get an update on transnational crime-prevention efforts.

Deputy Region 2 Commander Pol. Maj. Gen. Chesta Komolwantana said police have arrested many foreign criminals, especially those who are illegally staying in the kingdom; credit card fraudsters, drug dealers and more. The majority of foreign criminals who use fake ATM cards and other scammers are from Russia, Romania, China, India, France, Canada, Pakistan, Hong Kong, England, and South Korea, he said.

After the meeting, a press conference was held to announce the arrest of two foreign criminals from Cameroon and two from Nigeria. The four were arrested for Internet scams, luring people to transfer money via the Internet, and using fake credit cards.

Wuthi said Thailand is now preparing for the AEC and his visit was to provide strategies to prevent and resolve foreign crimes. He lectured about new policies to tighten security and wipe out criminal activities.

He also outlined three safety methods, covering travel, property and tourism.