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A police video designed to help the public combat snatch theft in Thailand has drawn considerable praise from the public.
The video is clear and informative and even has excellent English subtitles.
Some 24,000 people have already viewed it on YouTube and praise for this proactive policing has come thick and fast.
The video is 3.36 minutes long and is entitled: “Change your behavior if you don’t want to become a victim”.
And rather than just being advice from a police officer the main person giving the tips is a snatch thief himself who talks about how he chose his victims.
He says he comes up behind and targets people holding their bags in a certain way such as with one hand or on the outside as they walk. He uses the footpath on a motorcycle. He targets people who are distracted, maybe on their phones, and people standing close to the edge of the footpath.
He finds victims who have placed wallets and other valuables on tables while eating at the country’s ubiquitous roadside food stalls.
Deputy at the Thong Lor station in Bangkok Jirakrit Jarunphat then talks about the need for people to change their behavior. He refers to a triangle of target, opportunity and escape route.
When all three of these are in place a crime can occur. But if one is not in place the triangle is broken and the person will not be a victim.
Jirakrit then implores the Thai public in Thai to watch out for danger at all times and be aware of their surroundings.
Many people commented favorably about the video saying they would take the advice on board thus helping themselves and helping the police combat crime.