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Biometric passports needed to stop foreign pickpockets preying on tourists

Thai Rath columnist “Plueng Payak” called on the authorities to press for biometric passports to stop foreign pickpockets stealing from tourists.  Gangs and individuals preying on tourists in busy areas often return to Thailand under new names and surnames, said the columnist, to just steal again.  It was a big problem for the police despite the efforts of immigration chief Lt-Gen Surachate Hakparn who was credited with many recent busts.  The columnist mentioned a recent case of a British tourist who was followed on the BTS by an Algerian thief who stole more than 100,000 in sterling from the tourist at Mo Chit. He then used stolen credit cards to buy goods.  He admitted to many such thefts. Suracahate had instructed his senior deputies to solve the problem but was facing a battle as the thieves kept changing their names and modus operandi.  However, they credited the man known as... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline article, Biometric passports needed to stop foreign pickpockets preying on tourists, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give 'Phuket Hotel Deals' a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you visit 'Samui Times'. Thank you Biometric passports needed to stop foreign pickpockets preying on tourists

 

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