On April 30, Pattaya police have arrested two women who robbed tourist Christopw Emanuel Stadler of €700 stored in his hotel safe. The two ladies, aged 27 and 38, were taken by the man to his hotel at the Vinee hotel in Soi 16. Police arrested the women after an investigation.
This is a timely reminder to visitors to Pattaya to bear in mind:
- Select a hotel that provides an in-room safe, that is lockable by your key code only and not by a key that could be used by someone else in the room.
- Keep large amounts of cash in a safe place or avoid carrying too much cash at all by using ATMs, however this will incur an ATM fee of 220 baht per withdrawal.
- Do not trust any visitors to the room, and if taking visitors, ensure that their ID cards are left at reception
- Some hotels will place a call to you immediately asking if everything is OK when visitors wish to leave
- Take photos of visitors to assist police with identification if a crime does happen
- Choose a hotel that has CCTV to assist police
- Keep your door locked
- If you have a safe, make sure you don’t open it in the presence of others
- Don’t get too drunk that you cannot control the situation
Pattaya is generally a safe place but bear in mind that €700 represents 28,000 baht which is about double the monthly salary of an average Thai, and so presents a very large temptation to do the wrong thing. If you are bringing large amounts of cash with you, make sure they are stored securely.