Nearly every day, I see reports in the Thai media about bag snatching in Bangkok. This usually involves two people on motorcycle late at night looking for victims walking alone. The following is a letter from an anonymous reader of the Bangkok Post:
I was robbed recently by a pair riding on the pavement alongside a building. From their hiding place in the shadows they started up and sped towards me from just a few metres away and yanked my handbag away as they went by; the well-planned ambush happened in seconds. Handbag snatchings have increased and Bangkok’s streets are no longer as safe as they once were. It is time the government faced this unpleasant fact and gave public safety a higher priority. Continued cover ups will only damage Thailand’s image but they will cut tourism revenue as word of mouth spreads and more angry people post warnings online (as a Dutch man did several months ago after his daughter was raped in Krabi). Thailand’s residents and visitors deserve better.
It’s not really fair to say officials are not doing anything. These bilingual posters are up everywhere in the Silom/Sathorn area. However, I’m not sure if there has been an increase in police patrols. That is what is really needed, “bobbies on the beat”. There needs to be more of a police presence. How often have you seen police on the street other than directing traffic or manning checkpoints?