Thailand crime has a low rate, the Buddhism
discouraging the bloodshed but there are also
temptations regarding the Americans and the
Europeans who are seen as being wealthy.
of these temptations the Thailand crime can be seen
as a threat to the safety and the health of the
travellers. Despite the low rate of crime, Thailand
has a big number of crimes with firearms. At the
Thailand border with Laos, Cambodia and Burma are
many problems with the drugs crime in which the guns
are used in these disputes.
A number of foreigners
are caught in these conflicts and murdered every
year. You will also hear about a Thailand crime win
which a man was killed by his wife for property,
money or jealousy.
A very worrying
thing about the Thailand crime is that a large number of
murders are committed by young people and especially
teenagers, about 1.400 last year and the guns were used, again. Thailand
crime is seen as a serious problem by Thais and the Phuket’s local government declared crime as the main
problem of the tourist industry’s development. Many
tourists see Thailand crime’s level as being worse
than in their countries although the statistics in
areas like Ko Samui, Phuket and Pattaya show the
A Thailand crime that shocked the public
and the media happened in 2010, on September 18,
when four civilians of Buddhist religion were
killed; more, the houses they lived in where burned.
The crime happened in the Narathiwat province,
Bachao district, Barae Tai Sub-district and it was
seen as one of the Thailand’s gravest and most
brutal human rights’ violations.
This Thailand crime
was condemned by the CCF (the Cross Cultural
Foundation) seeing as a cruel, criminal and inhume
act that may lead to the perpetuation of the hatred
feelings and even to more violence.
It was assumed
that the crime was committed as instigation to more
conflicts and to create more mistrust, disputes and
misunderstanding among the communities’ people.
Another Thailand crime happened in 2004 when a
decorated police officer killed two tourists from
the United Kingdom. The name of the killer is
Somchai Wisetsingh and the tragedy happened on
September 9, in Kanchanaburi.
The two tourists were having their meal in the ex
police officer’s restaurant and they were shot after
a dispute with Wisetsingh. The man was shot three
times, deadly, in arm, head and torso and the woman
was also shot deadly in head and chest. After the
crime, Wisetsingh disappeared trying to pass the
border and run in Burma. In October he confessed the
rime and did the incident’s re-enactments on TV for
the Thai police.
Despite these, when the trial begun, he
pleaded as not guilty, denying the two crimes and blamed a
drug informant for them. The murderer said he was forced to
give the previous confessions but he was sentenced to life
sentence, being found guilty. His confessions to police and
the decoration saved him from the death sentence.