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If you live in Hua Hin you might be about to get a visit from the Tourist Police

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6 hours ago, NCC1701A said:

i have an idea. we will use a thing called a

c o m p u t e r. can you say computer?

 

visa expired on a certain date? automatically check immigration exit records for passport number. no exit? generate list. then go to house.

look for bad guys.

 

computer 101 circa 1978.

Minor quibble. The mainframe computers that could have done in 1978 that didn't network. The personal computers we had then were laughable and could not communicate with each other. The only external storage was 8 inch floppy disks. They probably could have done the job with the number of tourists in 1978, but they still didn't have networking. Well, we had "sneakernet," where hired teen-age flunkies carried floppy disks from the originating computer to the target computer. Either you weren't around computers back then (I was) or your memory is even worse than mine. IBM didn't produce their first PC until 1982. Did you ever read Info World? I think Robert X. Cringely started working for them about 1978. Great gossip column.

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I have nothing to hide, but I don't like the sound of this and find it offensive. Some questions. 

 

I don't expect any BIB to come to my door. But, in the very unlikely scenario that it does happen, is it illegal to not answer the door?

 

Is it illegal to not let them in and ignore them?

Is it illegal to say, "I am not opening the door, so sorry krub!"

Would it be illegal to peek out curtain and then ignore?

 

Again, I have committed no crime, but it rubs me the wrong way to be interrogated like a criminal because they can't keep their books straight. I'm not their bookkeeper. If they can't sort their own files, that's not my job.   :-)   Part of the beauty of LOS, in theory, is you can be left alone. Sabai sabai. 

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6 hours ago, electric said:

Co-incidentally, several Buriram expats also had unannounced surprise visits from Immi guys over the past few days. The lads have been posting about it on the local Buriram expat website.

 

They took photos of valid extension page/visa in passport, and a photo of expat and Immi guy standing together.

 

All very friendly apparently.

 

 

So if  they  had  no  problems and in view  of  the current  efforts  to identify  over stayers is there any real issue?

Every  5  years or  so I  have  had  similar visits. But always from local  Police who  know me. 

First time  I have  seen  a  uniform of " Tourist  Police " doing  this  as  in this  pic !

If  this  is  an Immigration  concern  why  not  the  Immigration  personnel  who are  Police  anyway? 

The  Tourist Police  are   non  official.

 

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9 minutes ago, Ebumbu said:

I have nothing to hide, but I don't like the sound of this and find it offensive. Some questions. 

 

I don't expect any BIB to come to my door. But, in the very unlikely scenario that it does happen, is it illegal to not answer the door?

 

Is it illegal to not let them in and ignore them?

Is it illegal to say, "I am not opening the door, so sorry krub!"

Would it be illegal to peek out curtain and then ignore?

 

Again, I have committed no crime, but it rubs me the wrong way to be interrogated like a criminal because they can't keep their books straight. I'm not their bookkeeper. If they can't sort their own files, that's not my job.   :-)   Part of the beauty of LOS, in theory, is you can be left alone. Sabai sabai. 

You will not be interrogated,they will ask to see your passport nicely and if there are no problems they will say thank you very much and be on their way.They will not come to your door all dressed up in SWAT gear and with their guns drawn.This is Thailand not some first world country.Nothing wrong with being polite and behaving normally.

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5 minutes ago, Dumbastheycome said:

So if  they  had  no  problems and in view  of  the current  efforts  to identify  over stayers is there any real issue?

Every  5  years or  so I  have  had  similar visits. But always from local  Police who  know me. 

First time  I have  seen  a  uniform of " Tourist  Police " doing  this  as  in this  pic !

If  this  is  an Immigration  concern  why  not  the  Immigration  personnel  who are  Police  anyway? 

The  Tourist Police  are   non  official.

 

Tourist Police are non official?Since when?The Tourist  Police is just another chapter of The Royal Thai Police.

Probably no Tourist Police in your neck of the woods but that does not mean they don't exist.

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6 hours ago, NCC1701A said:

i have an idea. we will use a thing called a

c o m p u t e r. can you say computer?

 

visa expired on a certain date? automatically check immigration exit records for passport number. no exit? generate list. then go to house.

look for bad guys.

 

computer 101 circa 1978.

There is no point in checking people who you know are compliant unless you are hoping they will dob in another overstaying foreigner.  I was doing overstay checks for the Immigration Department in my own country off computer generated lists about 42 - 43 years ago. We used the address given on the original visa application and the fact that no departure card matched by  the visa expiry date.  It was dead simple even in the relatively uncomputerised mid 70's.  And we knew all the shonky overstay addresses back then like they would know them all here now.

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4 minutes ago, jvs said:

Tourist Police are non official?Since when?The Tourist  Police is just another chapter of The Royal Thai Police.

Probably no Tourist Police in your neck of the woods but that does not mean they don't exist.

The  Tourist   Police  are   not   sworn  Officers and in some  areas  have  farang  volunteers operating  alongside.

Of  course  I  recognize  that they  exist !  But  by  non official  I mean they  have   very  limited  powers  under  the  law.

In reality Thai  citizens have  abut  the  same  authority   as  per  citizen   arrest. Which  is  actually   zero.

The  power  of  the   Tourist  Police  in   wholly   contained  in  the  magnificence  of  the   Uniform. :)

 

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9 minutes ago, Dumbastheycome said:

The  Tourist   Police  are   not   sworn  Officers and in some  areas  have  farang  volunteers operating  alongside.

Of  course  I  recognize  that they  exist !  But  by  non official  I mean they  have   very  limited  powers  under  the  law.

In reality Thai  citizens have  abut  the  same  authority   as  per  citizen   arrest. Which  is  actually   zero.

The  power  of  the   Tourist  Police  in   wholly   contained  in  the  magnificence  of  the   Uniform. :)

 

Well you are totally wrong but you do not have to believe me,Google is your friend.

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7 hours ago, zaphod reborn said:

No, random checks of foreigners on extensions of stay are highly offensive.  :post-4641-1156693976:

 

They need to check on foreigners who enter on visa-exempt and tourist visas, as it is much more likely that these will be the overstayers.  Immigration police are lazy and it is much harder to track down foreigners who entered on short-stay visas, and then moved from their declared residence, and never registered a new address.

Shut the fup Keiff, remember you've signed the official secrets act!

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34 minutes ago, jvs said:

Well you are totally wrong but you do not have to believe me,Google is your friend.

All  I  can  respond  with  is  that  unless some  legislated  changes to  the  legal  powers  of  the  tourist  Police  have  been  altered  within  the  last  6  months then i  maintain  that I am  not at  all wrong.

However  in a  return to  the  subject  of  the  topic  it  is  quite  likely  that  various uniformed departmental  areas  have  been  conscripted  into carrying out  the currently  pronounced  effort  to  apprehend  illegals. 

Nor  is  it  any  surprise   that given  the  level of  corruption still inherent  in  Thailand  that  even  those  who  are  legitimate  will  be  double  checked. In  that  process it is  always  possible  that  falsified  credentials/passports will identify some  individuals.

 

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51 minutes ago, jvs said:

Well you are totally wrong but you do not have to believe me,Google is your friend.

Think Dumbastheycome is confused with the Volunteer Police and The Tourist Police......Volunteer Police are usually farangs etc who help the actual Thai Police....they have little power whereas the The Tourist Police have the same power as any Policeman in Thailand.....it is a division of the Royal Thai Police

 

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1 minute ago, Dumbastheycome said:

All  I  can  respond  with  is  that  unless some  legislated  changes to  the  legal  powers  of  the  tourist  Police  have  been  altered  within  the  last  6  months then i  maintain  that I am  not at  all wrong.

However  in a  return to  the  subject  of  the  topic  it  is  quite  likely  that  various uniformed departmental  areas  have  been  conscripted  into carrying out  the currently  pronounced  effort  to  apprehend  illegals. 

Nor  is  it  any  surprise   that given  the  level of  corruption still inherent  in  Thailand  that  even  those  who  are  legitimate  will  be  double  checked. In  that  process it is  always  possible  that  falsified  credentials/passports will identify some  individuals.

 

Tourist Police have always been full fledged member of the RTP.but as they say here ,up to you.

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1 minute ago, Phuket Stan said:

Think Dumbastheycome is confused with the Volunteer Police and The Tourist Police......Volunteer Police are usually farangs etc who help the actual Thai Police....they have little power whereas the The Tourist Police have the same power as any Policeman in Thailand.....it is a division of the Royal Thai Police

 

Most of the Volunteer Police are actually Thai people who are helping the (normal)RTP.Tourist Police Volunteers are usually foreigners but if they are on duty and under direct supervision of a senior Tourist Police Officer they do have the same authority as this officer.That is if i am not mistaken.

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Someone here need to get a life...!!

If a visit by a couple of friendly tourist police officers at your home....Outside your home actually, because they will never enter the house unless you invite them in.....can turn your world upside down, maybe it is time to leave....Instead of writing posts on ThaiVisa calling Thailand a dictatorship or a a great big jail....

During my 15 years here I have had 2 visits like the ones described in the OP...Both times the officers (immigration) were friendly and polite....It took about  5  minutes each time...And didn't leave me traumatized or made me feel like I was living in a police state.....

This thread is Thaivisa at it's worst....

 

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