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The deadly terrorist attacks in Paris on Nov 13 have persuaded the Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) to step up its work in suppressing transnational crimes.
The police are trying to better understand how such gangs operate in Thailand, to make crime-busting efforts more effective.
Information on the 18 most common types of criminalACTIVITIES perpetrated by gangs in Thailand is in the CIB’s new database and it will be used to launch a massive crackdown by the end of the year, said a police source.
CIB chief Thitirach Nonghanpithak has assigned his deputy, Pol Maj Gen Chan Wimolsri, to oversee the formation of the CIB’s centre for suppression of transnational criminals.
At a meeting of 11 divisions under the CIB on Nov 16, Pol Lt Gen Thitirach pointed to the necessity of improving management of the police’s database, which provides the fundamental basis for combating transnational crimes. It is not uncommon for foreign groups to commit crimes in Thailand, but there was no central criminal database to record theACTIVITIES and behaviour of suspects. Other agencies also had no information to offer the police, according to Pol Lt Gen Thitirach.
However, now the database is in place, it looks certain to benefit the police inTERMS of both preventing and suppressing transnational crimes, he said.
Pol Col Phanthana Nuchanart, deputy commander of the Crime Suppression Division (CSD), who is expected to head up the new centre, said information about cases involving foreign criminals and suspects in the past five years is currently being collected. Crimes frequently reported by the media are ATM card skimming, black money schemes, romance scams and human trafficking. They are among 18 types of transnational crimes identified by the police.
The other crimes include fakeCREDIT CARD and bank note scams, internet fraud related to illicit spam mails, Chinese yuan transaction scams and bank note exchange theft. Still others are illegal online football and lotteryBETTING, luxury jewellery theft, car break-ins, thefts at department stores and airports, and car and motorcycle theft, according to Pol Col Phanthana.
Catching and prosecuting suspects in the past was made possible by information supplied by the Technology Crime Suppression Division, the Natural Resources and Environmental Crime Suppression Division, the Tourist Police Division, the Economic Crime Suppression Division, the Anti-Human Trafficking Division and the Consumer Protection Police Division.