BANGKOK: The Royal Thai Police should be commended for their success in the “home surveillance scheme” in which homeowners register with local police to put their houses under watch while they spend carefree holidays elsewhere.
The special service, available only during major public holidays like the New Year and Songkran, has proved to be an effective measure against burglaries.
Only one out of more than 10,000 houses in the greater Bangkok area registering for police protection was burgled.
It seems unfair that the Bang Na police, who have jurisdiction over the single house in question, are being investigated for supposed negligence.
After all, the local officers had apparently done their best, monitoring round-the-clock all the registered houses in their area during the long holidays.
One must realise that there is no guarantee against burglaries, no matter how hard police try to prevent them.
Perhaps the police's home surveillance scheme can be complemented by the promotion of good neighbourliness, which is what Bangkok residents apparently do not have enough of these days.
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