Unsafe Pattaya: 40% of CCTV cameras not working as Swede is robbed
Caption: Where is the safety?
A Swedish and Thai couple have slammed Pattaya as not safe for tourists after they were robbed in the street.
And now Thai media are claiming that 40% of the resorts more than 2,000 cameras are just not working.
This came as the president of Pattaya City Council called for an urgent review of CCTV in Pattaya in the wake of the bombings in Bangkok.
Stefan Hujanen, 52, from Sweden was travelling with his wife Tippawan, 32, on a motorcycle between North Pattaya and Pratumnak Hill on Saturday at 11am.
On Sai 3 outside the Muang Pattaya Hospital a podgy man in red with a full face helmet drew up alongside them. He was riding a Yamaha Mio motorcycle with no plates and they thought the color of the bike was black and yellow.
He grabbed Mr Hujanen's one baht weight gold chain with amulet and made off in the direction of South Pattaya.
A chase ensued but he got away.
The couple went to the police then City Hall but were told that the CCTV was not working.
They told 77khaoded that this was "not acceptable at a world class resort like Pattaya". They had earlier contacted Pattaya News.
Khaoded said that their inquiries on behalf of the couple indicated that 40% of CCTV cameras in Pattaya were not working with most of the problems associated with connections to the the central CCTV office.
Yesterday Anan Angkhanawisan, the president of Pattaya City Council, demanded that inspections of Pattaya's CCTV cameras are undertaken.
He said that "experts" were needed to run the system and that a review of budgets for 2020 was needed. He said that Pattaya should expect costs for CCTV security to be high at a world class resort.
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