The Department of Special Investigation (DSI), having recently opened a branch at Phuket airport, has promised later to extend its presence to Pattaya.
DSI is serving as the lead agency for the new Centre for Preventing and Suppressing Organised Crimes Targeting Tourists. It also plans to open an office in Phuket town. The government was goaded into action earlier this year when a group of European diplomats visited Phuket and issued a public demand for better protection of their nationals.
Complaints in Phuket have abounded for years about crooked taxi operators and others who cheat tourists on the holiday island. The rip-offs include the notorious Jet Ski scammers who make suspicious accusations that renters have damaged their craft and must pay extortionate sums of money. DSI says it believes that there are similar problems in Pattaya, although there is no sign yet of diplomatic pressure to hold a meeting with civic authorities in the Eastern Seaboard city to register embassy concerns.
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