Business operators in Krabi have voiced concern over lax security in the southern tourist province after more than 80 surveillance cameras in tourist spots were found to be dysfunctional.
According to sources, 48 CCTV cameras at commercial areas at Ao Nang and Nopparat Thara beaches went out of service after they were not taken care of soon after their warranties expired.
Another 33 surveillance cameras at tourist spots in Phi Phi Island were also reported to be out of order.
All these CCTV cameras were installed three years ago with the budget of the Ministry of Tourism and Sports and were managed by Krabi Tourism Police.
With a large number of surveillance cameras are dysfunctional, business operators were concerned that this would affect security and safety measures for locals and tourists in tourist destinations.
Meanwhile, Pol Lt Col Attapong Sanjaiwuthi, an inspector at the Tourist Police Division 5 said that the tourist police have sought budget from the Ministry of Tourism and Sports but still was not yet responded.
But he assured of the present safety measures as the surveillance systems of local administration organisations and the private sectors are still operational.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)