Pattaya's local administration says it has joined hands with police to launch a larger crime-busting force.
A negative rating recently by travel website CNNgo.com, which said Pattaya was one of seven places in Thailand that travellers should avoid due to frequent crimes, has prompted the Royal Thai Police to mobilise more officers to boost the Pattaya force's
crime-busting capacity. The extra officers come from sections such as Highway Police, Marine Police, the Crime Suppression Division and Immigration Bureau, in addition to Tourism Police, who have long operated in Pattaya and Chon Buri province.
Senior area commander Pol Maj-General Sanchai Chai-amphorn said Russians made up the largest group of victims, due mostly to their large numbers in the resort city. The second-largest victims of crime were Britons, followed by Italians. The taskforce has
been launched in preparation for a spike in the number of visitors over the high season, which kicks off in December,
Sanchai said the police were keeping an eye on short-term visitors, migrant workers, as well as people who dabble in prostitution.