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Residents in Koh Tao are frustrated and perplexed, not only by a spate of recent break-ins but by the attitude of the local police who seem uninterested in investigating and instead seem to be focusing their efforts on handing out road fines to tourists and westerners.
Reports of break-ins have been flooding in over the last four day with at least fifteen thefts, many of which took place while the residents were at home.
One resident posted photographs on social media of footprints on her windowsill, and reported that money was stolen from inside an apartment while a baby was being put to bed. Another resident complained of a break in at 2.am when they caught an intruder in the house. Once spotted the intruder bolted hurting nobody and taking nothing, the incident took place at Jitsun, behind the budchooi not far from the playschool. A third local resident said that somebody climbed into his kitchen window and stole a Samsung S6 while he and his wife were sleeping in the bedroom. A fourth said during the night an intruder stole a packet of cigarettes and 9,000 baht. A fifth resident reported that while she was in the shower somebody came and took money and bank cards from a wallet, 2 weeks earlier 2 other men had tried to break into the same house. Another resident who had also been previously burgled just a month ago said that she heard somebody trying to break into her house also close to the playschool.
Despite making police reports local residents are now airing their concerns that rather than track down the Koh Tao thieves’ police are only interested in enforcing new traffic rules for those not wearing a helmet and fining the driver 1000 baht and the passenger 500 baht for every offence – not only would residents rather the local police spent more time focusing on the safety of residents and their belongings in their homes they are also upset that the fine for not wearing a helmet everywhere else in the Kingdom is 500 baht.