Pattaya tourist police have promised to make gold necklace thieves involving Indian tourists and transgender suspects their top priority after it became a regular occurrence in Pattaya.
Chief of tourist police Pitchaya Khiaoplueng revealed to The Pattaya News reporters yesterday, June 28th, that his commander was concerned about a spree of crimes in the Pattaya area, especially pickpocketing involving transgender suspects and Indian tourists.
As a result, officer Pitchaya said he needed to launch new measures including keeping records of all resident transgender individuals in Pattaya areas with criminal records and arresting transgender individuals who suspiciously strolled around Pattaya Beach late at night, reportedly for loitering.
TPN notes prior to Covid-19 transgender individuals were repeatedly moved away from the beach if they were loitering, especially late at night, although some activist groups for LGBTQ+ individuals have expressed concern about specifically targeting groups overall.
However, tourist police asked for hotel operators’ assistance in informing tourists not to wear expensive jewelry or walk alone, especially on a night out.
You can learn more about recent gold necklace thefts against Indian tourist here.