Pol Lt Gen Thesa Siriwatho, commissioner of Provincial Police Region 8, said on Sunday he had asked police stations in all tourist provinces under the jurisdiction of his office to increase intelligence gathering and dispatch teams of officers to beef up security in venues popular among foreign visitors. Security measures must be put in place at all piers, bus stations and airports, he added.
Police will also increase patrols in tourist provinces along the Andaman Sea as the tourist season draws nearer, he added.
“Although Thailand is not a target of terror attacks, security measures must be put in place as part of precautionary measures. I have instructed police in all areas to carry out their tasks with a soft approach to avoid causing panic among tourists,” he said.