thinking about moving to thailand for retirement.can anyone advise on the crime in thailand. house burgling,street robberies and personal safety there.any information would be appreciated.
Unidentified body of a farang found tied to a lump of concrete submerged in an irrigation canal
The body of a male farang was found in Tambon Nikhom Thung Pho Thale in Thailand's Northern province of Kamphaeng Phet on the 22nd of April. Time of death was thought to be not more than 3 days prior. The body was only found due to the water level dropping in the canal revealing the corpse, the canal being in a desolate area in a rice paddy with no nearby buildings. He had a shaved/bald head, was naked except for striped black boxer shorts and his hands were tied to his neck with nylon cord. There was a tattoo of a butterfly perched on a flower on the left of his chest with the word 'Love' below in English letters. Knife wounds to the left temple and the left nape of the neck were present and the rest of the head was covered in bruises and marks consistent with being hit by a hard object.
I've got one for you on Kamphaengphet - a death like this must have made the local gossip! - April last year a dead farang found in a Kamphaengphet canal his body weighed down with pieces of concrete. Here is a story from Thai Rath - it was discussed in several Thai websites but as far as I know he was never identified and no one was ever charged for his death.
So your town is 'dry' and has its own elephant mascots. It will be nearly impossible to find anywhere else like that.Midsomer Murders - love it!
[/I] - yesterday there were two elephants on my partner's farm and they've been helping themselves to the sugar cane; there's a reserve 12km away they must have decided to have a day out. Theft!
And tax-free. LOLI have seldom felt as safe as in thailand! Unfortunately i do not live there yet, but i have spent quite some time there and honestly believe safety is no issue there.
That country comparisson site, NationMaster - World Statistics, Country Comparisons, is far off. For example, i live in Panama and it scores much better then Thailand. But i can guarantee you that Panama is 100x more dangerous. The thing is, there is crime in Thailand. But there is hardly any "confrontational" crime. So as a normal civilian or tourist it feels crimefree.
I live in Huay Yai just inland from Jomtien and South of Pattaya and you get an awful lot of comments like the above that are generally misinformed, we have been here for 18 months now and have had absolutely no security or crime issues whatsoeverSong Si's comments are also very much my experience after being here the past six years living in a semi-rural area close to the sea with a Thai family as immediate neighbours across the road plus a big 39 rai property next to me owned by a Russian who is never there.
The only crime in these six years has been my Thai neighbour's large mango tree which was stripped out one night a few years back by opportunist fruit thieves - went to bed with a splendid crop of mangos in the tree and woke up the next morning to find not a single one left !
Only security consists of a couple of local Thai breed hounds (Bangkeow) who make fantastic watchdogs and locking the single main gate at night.
Pattaya , 20 kms up the road , is a different story however but then again you wouldn't catch me living there for all the tea in China.