Thai police admit rising tobacco, alcohol taxes will affect crime rates

 Thai police admit rising tobacco, alcohol taxes will affect crime rates

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BANGKOK, 25 August 2012 (NNT) – Police Major General Parinya Chansuriya, deputy commander of the Metropolitan Police, believed the recent increase in alcoholic beverage tax would have more pros than cons.

Following the Excise Department’s new tax rate on tobacco and alcoholic beverages, Pol.Maj-Gen Parinya said crimes related to alcohol consumption, such as muggings, robberies, snatch-and-run thefts and rapes might be higher. People with low income may take random risks, leading to committing of crimes that will give them money to purchase alcohol. However, the deputy commander believed the impact would be small, and might be seen only in certain groups.

The increase in the tax rate on smoking tobacco and alcohol may lead to positive effects in society; for instance, it may lead to a reduction in the number of smokers and drunkards who may finally quit the habits. Nevertheless, the Metropolitan Police have been instructed to keep a close watch on risk-prone areas to ensure citizens’ safety.

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