Visitors to Pattaya at the moment should take extra care when crossing the road. It seems that the vast major – 85% – of the local CCTV system is not working, despite efforts to rectify the problem.
At a recent meeting at Pattaya’s City Hall, Deputy Mayor Ronakit Ekasingh admitted the problem, saying that a large budget had been allocated to fix it.
“Pattaya City realizes this problem and has contacted Provincial Police in Region 2 to provide officers to monitor traffic and crime. A 15-million baht budget was set up to repair the CCTV system,” Ekasingh commented to the Pattaya Mail. “A budget of 60 million baht was added for 200 additional CCTV cameras to cover Jomtien Beach, the main roads, the road running parallel to the railway and other vulnerable locations such as gold shops and banks, to be completed by 2011.”
The council already received a sum of 56 million baht to install 237 CCTV cameras throughout Pattaya, focusing on the Pattaya Beach area and major roads. However, there are still bugs in the system.