PHUKET: Tourist Police in Phuket, Phang Nga, Krabi and Surat Thani have received a public tongue-lashing over a lack of patrols in tourist areas.

“I never see Tourist Police out on patrol when I visit – they are only working in their small police boxes,” said Gen Wuthi Liptapallop, a top-flight Adviser to the Royal Thai Police Commissioner-General Adul Saengsingkaew.

“How are tourists supposed to feel safe if police are just in their booths?”

Speaking at a meeting of police commanders on Tuesday, Gen Wuthi demanded that Tourist Police increase the frequency of patrols in tourist areas.