Hua Hin officials confident of safety for tourists ahead of Songkran festival
Picture: Thai News Agency
HUA HIN: -- Local government officials and police in Hua Hin have said they are confident of safety for tourists ahead of the Songkran festival in the holiday town.
Last year the resort was rocked by several incidents. In August one person died and around 20 were injured in bomb blasts, reported Thai News Agency.
While at Songkran itself world attention focused on Soi Binthabaht when the Owen family from the UK was assaulted by a gang of thugs in sickening street violence.
Jirawat Phramanee of the Hua Hin authority said that while CCTV coverage improvements are not yet finished there is still a vastly improved number of high resolution cameras in operation compared to last year.
Some 450 points around the town are now under watch of the cameras.
A specially designated area set aside for Songkran water play has 60 local authority cameras in 22 places and a further 94 cameras operated by police.
Cameras are linked to the local station so that quick responses can be made.
Jirawat said that that tourists could be confident of their safety in Hua Hin.
Some 52 million baht is being spent on improving CCTV coverage in the town.
Meanwhile Phansa Amraphitak of Region 3 Highway Police said that a force of 200 men were being mobilized for work on the Petchkasem highway during Songkran.
There are 20 planned checkpoints where motorists will be advised to slow down and given information about alternative routes.
Source: Thai News Agency
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