Security beefed up at all public transportations in capital

Bangkok has beefed up security at all public transportations and private sectors are asked for cooperation to help watch out suspicious movements following alert by national security officials of attempted bomb attacks by southern insurgents at the fourth week of this month.

The security beef-up at ground transportation which includes bus terminals, electric train stations, tourist destinations, railway station was revealed as the deputy governor of Bangkok Amorn Kijchawengkul, inspected the Skytrain operation at Siam station.

He said that as the Siam station serves over 100,000 commuters daily and was attacked by bomb last year, tightened security at the place was necessary, and the daily patrol of 500 a day was doubled.

He said the Siam station is a centre of the inspection of unusual movement and throughout the 354 stations along the entire electric rail lines, over 1,500 CCTVs were deployed.

Besides he has ordered officials to adjust the viewing angles of more than 50,000 CCTVs in the capital to ensure that they will function efficiently.

He said 20% of these CCTVs are connected to the national security monitoring network of the government.

BMA has also sought cooperation from operators of commercial and shopping centres and tourist locations to beef up their own security measures during the period from October 25-30 alerted by security authorities.

He asked the public not to panic over the alert, but instead help authorities to keep watch of suspicious movements and report immediately to police.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)