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More CCTV cameras in capital and tourist spots nationwide

Bangkok and tourist towns in the country will have more CCTV cameras installed to ensure full security for the people and tourists, Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon said today.

CCTV cameraThe increase of surveillance cameras came in the wake of the murder of two British tourists in Koh Tao where lack of adequate lighting on the beach poses crime risk for tourists.

Gen Prawit said the murder occurred in a dark area where there were no surveillance cameras watching.

He ordered the Ministry of Interior, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) and the police to improve lighting and security camera coverage in major tourist spots nationwide.

He said the murder occurred in a very dark area where local CCTV could not capture a picture there.

“So I have ordered sufficient lighting nationwide. There must be enough light, especially in Bangkok and big tourist cities, and there must be closed circuit television cameras nationwide,” he said.

He said the Ministry of Interior, the BMA and police accepted the order for implementation and he was confident that it would take shape in two months.

Gen Prawit also rejected reports that influential people were obstructing the investigation into the murder of tourists Hannah Witheridge and David Miller on Koh Tao on Sept 15.

He said investigation was now under the control of very senior police officers.

Thai PBS

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