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Helmet stolen in Phuket, gun pulled on me twice in Phuket.

House burgled and girlfriend had a neckace snatcher knock her off her bike in Chiang mai.

not too bad for 18 years.. It's far worse in Australia.

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<removed>   Listen, I learnt years ago that the best way to avoid problems was not to flaunt wealth (easy for me to achieve that!), and not to have any kind of visible security, such a

Don't lock my doors when I go out, leave shopping bags hanging off my m/c when I go in other shops. Been here 12 years, had one m/c helmet stolen from my m/c. Petty theft just doesn't seem t

True.....and it puts the wife on edge....she can't track me.

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Used to live 5 minute walk from Old Kent Road SE London, there's a good reason it's only £2 on the Monopoly board. Lot of shootings and stabbings round there all the time. 

 

Was beaten unconscious and left for dead in Bristol one time. 

 

In comparison Thailand has been mostly safe. Got in a couple of fights in my twenties but nothing major. 

 

Petty theft is everywhere in Thailand though IMO. 

 

The biggest danger in Thailand is getting on a motorbike. 

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My house on Thai estate btween Bangkok and Chonburi was broken into several years ago and jewellery stolen. Could only have been workmen renovating neighbours house. Police of course never caught anyone. We had one of these metal grille doors but padlock was too small and forced open. My advice is to install substantial locks and make sure all windows and doors are very secure. 

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1 hour ago, J Town said:

I had a Thai gf who lived in Sapsamboon (sp?) about 25 clicks south of Sa Kaeo and close to the Cambodian border. She forbade me to go outside at night by myself stating Cambodians might murder me. Maybe she just didn't trust me out by myself, but I wasn't gonna take any chances!

Sounds like the Philippines = people that care about you there will not let you be unescorted - & for good reasons.....

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14 minutes ago, richard_smith237 said:

 

'It never happened to me so it doesn't happen’ reply doesn’t really hold up when there are reports from all over Thailand of soi dogs attacking people, especially kids - its a danger here, and the risk is more elevated here in Thailand than other areas without such a stray dog problem. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You are right - in the overall scheme of things most of these incidents of accidents and danger are rare. But "rare" means it isn't unknown but for some they really happen. We should acknowledge that and sympathise with those so affected. I have been bitten by dogs  twice in more than 40 years of running and biking in quite a few countries. That is extremely rare but twice being hospitalised from such incidents isn't much fun! in fact I have been seriously stung by hornets twice, also requiring much nursing attention.

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I live in rural East Thailand. While my land was being developed over a 3 year period and until I built my house, I was burglerised three times because no one was there and no significant fence was up yet. I lost two hammocks, one three wire electrical line and two coconut trees. Since I have moved onto the property I have no issues... pretty good for eight years. 

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Live pretty remotely out towards Cambodia in the North East, the police don't bother coming out this way. 

MIL had some gold nicked from her house a few weeks back.
Someone attempted to steal a friends motorcycle but failed.
Have problems with someone stealing all the taps from the local school fairly regularly. 

From what I can tell the only problems we have are occasionally are petty theft  by people passing through. The worst thing I've seen is villagers getting <deleted> up and punching on but it's generally broken up pretty quickly.

It's safe though, everyone knows everyone and they all seem to be (mostly) good people. 

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Wife’s family had a nice holiday house on the river in Kanchanaburi... We’d go up there on the odd weekend, BBQ’s, drinks on the raised pagoda over the banks...  a maid lived there full time. 

 

In laws decided they didn’t need the maid to stay there anymore. Of course, as the maid wasn’t there it became a pain in the backside... we’d have to get stuck in and clean all the deal insects, dead gecko’s, gekko poop etc... it took a couple of hours to get the place liveable again on each visit, we’d have to take our own bed-sheets etc...  a hotel was simply easier and we stopped going. In-laws stopped going as often.  

 

Within a year 6 months the place been ransacked. In-laws turned up one time and the place had been looted, all AC’s removed, all electrics and wires missing fridge stollen etc.. and that was the end of that. 

 

In-laws ended up selling the place cheaply.... 

 

Ultimately, if no one is living in a place or is absent for any length of time some thieving a-hole is going to get stuck in and take everything. 

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Walked around Bangkok (and more recently Pattaya) at all hours over the last 20 years. Never had a problem from anyone.

I was seriously robbed once though...  April 16th 2017, my 5th floor condo in Bangkok was completely raided. I was out of Thailand for 7 months. Despite 24/7 security guards and card entry system I lost almost everything; 48" TV, DVD, Surround sound, Laptop, Printer, Computer monitor, all bedding, linens, pillows, crockery, cutlery, toaster, kettle, tools, lamps. The thief even took the <deleted> waste bins from the bathroom! The only things left were the beds, sofa and fridge!!! My ex-wife still protests her innocence despite a statement from the manager that the security guards assisted her loading the TV into the car!

 

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18 hours ago, georgegeorgia said:

Does anyone live in a " dangerous" area of Thailand or Cambodia even ?

I remember reading a few years ago on here of a farang who lived I think up near the Burma border and had a rubber plantation...who had to arm himself every time he went out .

 

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I think it's safer to live in say Pattaya than many issaan village am I wrong ?

 

Are U confident in walking around your home area at night ?

 

Obviously there's " rough " or low class areas of all worldwide cities ...so do any of you live in these types of areas ?

 

As for house robberies / burglary it always seems to be farangs in country Thailand complaining rather than say Bangkok or Pattaya .

 

How safe is it to be living in a remote area of Thailand ...say a farmhouse ?

Do U need guard dogs ?

If you live on a remote area have U ever had anyone approach the house at night ?

 

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Guess depends on where you live in Thailand. Never had anything stolen but a lot of "borrowed" tools forgotten to be returned. No worries. We have security cameras outdoors and our dogs are friendly if they know you.  Security cameras are a deterrent, not a solution plus we can see the weather when we travel. Mitigate risks, nothing is for sure.   Everything important is secure in a safe bolted/welded into cement.  Usually it is someone close who takes things from a home.  Feel a lot safer here than I did in the US for sure. 

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37 minutes ago, Thaifish said:

My house is unlocked...Burriram.. Neighborhood watch... If you take something that has not been given to you then it will be dealt with in a neighborly manner. The neighborhood jurors don't mess about with a Judge.. Seen first hand..  

Used to be that way here you faced the neighborhood if you did something wrong.  Now everyone fears to tell someone they are doing wrong. Times are a changing here I guess. 

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I was robbed twice at gunpoint and had my place burglarized once. Also, my neighbor across the hall was murdered in his own apartment. However, after I moved away from San Francisco's Tenderloin district and relocated to Thailand I have felt a lot safer.

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My home in the UK  was broken into, the intruders turned out be gay, the good thing was they did all my ironing and put a quiche in the oven.

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18 hours ago, northsouthdevide said:

Im 100% sure that living in Thailand is safer than living in the city in the UK where I grew up.

Ive been here 12 years now, and was find, even though, let's say, they have a totally different approach to policing, for them, it seems to work better than the UK.

As for house breaking, you will find it's mostly family members with drug problems.

Not the organised gangs that you get in the UK.

No organised gangs house breaking in the UK, just desperate junkies. But agree Thailand is safer for sure.

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I REMEMBER A CASE few years ago, when an israeli woman, who volunteered in cambodia, was murdered in say light in the entrance to her apartment building in phnom phen.

the murderer got caught and blamed the crime on her, saying that had she not get out from the building with her bycicle, he would not try to steal her bicycle, leading to her fatal beating.

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It used to be rife where I live, it's only a small tamboon but many baan farang and lots would be empty at certain times of the year.

When my wife first came to live in Phuket she didn't drive so I bought her a Fino, that got nicked still had the red plate on it, first bike she had ever had she was gutted.

There is a stretch of road from Rawai upto Kata view point that was famous for people getting mugged and knocked of their bikes some serious injuries, one German guy I knew of where they had tied a rope across the road almost decapitated him he was in a bad way I dont think he was ever right after that, 

The story goes that all the poo yai baan's had got together had a meeting, this has to stop

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13 hours ago, piewarmer said:

not too bad for 18 years.. It's far worse in Australia.

I think that I agree with that.I never had a problem in Isaan but I live in a mixed race town in Australia...swimming in drugs and alcohol,assaults,verbal abuse,robberies and a high level of general anti-social behaviour.

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I've always felt safe in Bangkok, and Thailand in general. I lived in Buenos Aires once about 10 years ago, and back then there was loads of theft. It was one of the first things my landlady warned me about when I arrived. In Bangkok I leave my laptop on the table in outdoor coffee shops/bars etc when I go for a slash but if you did that in BA, your stuff would be gone by the time you came back. They wiz by on scooters and snatch it. It's a pity because it's a very beautiful city.

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Our house had a load of stuff stolen from a shed, but they didn't get into the house. My wife put CCTV in which cost far more than anything was worth in the house.

CCTV being easily rendered useless with a hat and scarf, I put a high fence around the property with loads of barbed wire, which seemed to do the trick.

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Just now, thaibeachlovers said:

Our house had a load of stuff stolen from a shed, but they didn't get into the house. My wife put CCTV in which cost far more than anything was worth in the house.

CCTV being easily rendered useless with a hat and scarf, I put a high fence around the property with loads of barbed wire, which seemed to do the trick.

I guess the trick is to make next door look like the easier option.

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Of course TV channels and newspapers just love to run the sensational story of yet another innocent farang having his nose spread across his face outside a bar in Walking Street Pattaya.......so the image of a dangerous Thailand is projected to the world.   Mass media promotes mass ignorance.

 

Even if you don't go out looking for trouble,, if you are on the wrong side of the railway tracks....... on the other side of midnight.........with a belly full of beer..........the chances of trouble finding you rises exponentially.

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My area is so dangerous ! Some dogs live in the streets ! I am so scare !

Oh I didn't tell you, I am just a little girl actually 🙂

 

 

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