Metropolitan police on top of Songkran celebrations to assure public and property safety

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BANGKOK, 13 April 2012 – Bangkok police have pledged to step up security measures during the Songkran holiday celebrations while urging the public to enjoy the festivities without risk of violating any laws. 

Metropolitan Police Bureau Chief, Police Lieutenant General Winai Thongsong said on Thursday that all police officers across Bangkok have been instructed to be extra-vigilant as the annual Thai New Year holidays are getting into full swing.

In the capital, the city police are going to heighten their watch on all 26 locations, known to be actively celebrating the Songkran festival, such as Khao San Road, RCA night entertainment hot spot and Silom Road.

Police Lieutenant General Winai stressed that officers will be paying high attention to 2 main issues — the protection of private property of the city’s residents and the public safety.

He said that emphasis will also be given to how to keep the Songkran celebrations under control and in line with good Thai traditions, as well as the enforcement of alcohol sales ban and the clampdown on any illicit and obscene acts in public areas.

The Metropolitan Police Chief has assured that there are sufficient police officers on duty throughout the holiday period.