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Phuket Fears As News Of Another Stabbing Emerges

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It's time for embassies to issue stern travel advisories against coming to Phuket, i.e. don't go there unless your trip is absolutely essential. Leave them on until police can demonstrate significant progress in cleaning up the gangs of thugs that prey on tourist pedestrians and motorcyclists, armed with guns, knives and clubs. Also clear up the jet ski scams and similar.

I think the time is getting closer when Insurance Companies will stop Insuring travellers that holiday in Thailand and other countries with similar crime rates. It's a shame that it is left to the people who worry about profit at the end a the finacial year to deal with problem of people who worry about how much they will get if they accost holiday makers. No one else is apparently dealing with the issue.

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"Three men on a moped, they pulled up alongside me as I was riding and said 'Do you want a smoke,' obviously talking about drugs. I accelerated, driving faster," he said.

That's fishy to me. Guess they weren't offering drugs, considering the locality.....

Hope he'll have a fully recovery that enables him to go back to Cambridge. wai.gif

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"Three men on a moped, they pulled up alongside me as I was riding and said 'Do you want a smoke,' obviously talking about drugs. I accelerated, driving faster," he said.

"Somehow they overtook me and they blocked the road in front of me. Two stayed on the motorbike, one got off. I saw him on the road and went to go past him.

what now, the road blocked and trying to past the 3rd man?

full break and turning around would have been wiser?

...does sound a bit fishy, imo...

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I find Mohamad's story very strange, seems something fishy about it.

Maybe you would find it less fishy if he was called Colin or Dave?

Up to you to think that way, I don't.

Just fishy that people approach him on a motorbike selling drugs, and they get aggressive when he drives off? Strange sales techniques. He claimed to be going home, 300 meters from the circle he gets stabbed after the road was blocked, very wide road there. I have no doubt he was stabbed, but would guess there is more to it than he telling at the moment. We'll have to wait and see though.

He was 37. It's a way of getting him to stop if he smokes pot. Then rob him easier than trying to stop him. Maybe you should put brain in gear before opening mouth.

Don't see what his age has to with this. You don't explain anything, his stroy just does not make sense.

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Split your valuables or carry a dummy wallet ,

The dummy wallet could be a dumb idea, unless you make it really believable. They may come back and stab you anyway, just out of spite, for treating them like fools.

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'Do you want a smoke,'

He may have been a ladyboy asking for a blow job!!!

Nevertheless this poor guy was stabbed and is lucky to be alive

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if one needs treatment for a stab/gunshot wound in a hospital/doctor, then you HAVE to give an explanation...

you cant say "please treat me" and "good bye"... the police will be called...

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Just get a stun gun or taser. It is even good for scaring off wild dogs!

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I used to live for 3 years in Phuket and run a business there between 2007 and 2010.

Several of my staff both male and female, all Thais, were attacked in a similar manner at late night/early morning. 3 guys, moped, one whom they did not manage to stop right away was kicked off his bike into the ditch before being robbed a knifepoint, all of them knife to the side or chest or throat.

But as they did not struggle and just give up the loot fortunately none of them was ever harmed (besides the poor guy who did take a dive into the road ditch and obviously carried away some nasty abrasions).

Too many young drug users and other losers on the island and too much dough in the pockets of everyone else from the tourist boom.

Sad to have to say nowadays to stories like this: TIT!

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Never understood, why people risk lives for what is just stuff.

Been mugged twice in Asia (not Thailand) both times just gave what they wanted and survived never lost more than 50 dollars, of course I never have anything of real value in bag etc.

Split your valuables or carry a dummy wallet , was advised once throw your belongings on floor away from you and run. They will go for bag etc.

If on a night out just take what you need, and get a taxi back.

Lucky you . . . for getting away with just being robbed. These scavengers will often use a knife, or whatever they have to hand - and I do mean use - for nickels and dimes, for a zero haul - and even with the stuff already in their grubby little paws. And not just in Thailand.

I must agree entirely - LUCKY YOU - when a 60+ year old couple get savagely beaten to death in Hua Hin for 2000.oo baht - the accused being the security guard, maid and 1 other fellow - all because they drove a nice car and seemingly "would have money" - the uneducated fools that are committing these brutal crimes and killing innocents are doing it for another bottle of Sang-Som and a handful of YaBa - this should seriously concern tourists and tour agencies alike - they need to be informed - these bastards are preying on them like cows being led to slaughter.

THE TOUR GUIDE THAT DIED WAS HERE TO PROMOTE THAILAND AS A PREFERED VACATION DESTINATION

THE KNOWLEDGE OF THESE EVENTS SHOULD BE SHARED THROUGHT OTHER COUNTRIES TO STAY AWAY FROM THAILAND

I WOULD VENTURE TO SAY EMBASSY WARNINGS SHOULD BE ADVISED – IF NOT – ARE THE GOVERNMENTS THAT DO NOT WARN THEIR CITIZENS NEGLEGENT ??

<deleted> TO ALL THE EMBASSY OFFICIALS THAT WOULD OR WOULD NOT DECIDE TO HIDE THIS FROM THE SAME PEOPLE THAT PAY THEIR SALARIES – THE CITIZENS OF THEIR COUNTRIES

EVERYONE HAS A RIGHT TO KNOW ABOUT THE BRUTAL ATTACKS ON TOURISTS AND FORIEGNERS ALIKE

The gangs of boys that have been doing this for quite some time – they are virtually embedded in the communities around the tourist areas – snatching purses and gold jewelry from the necks of tourists - don't be too naive about how you interpret the news

The less anyone does about apprehending them – the bolder these idiot scum become and use of force to either get what they want or to silence the victim to prevent indentifying them will become more and more prevalent.

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Just get a stun gun or taser. It is even good for scaring off wild dogs!

Not a bad idea! what are the public in Thailand allowed to carry for self defense purposes, IE; pepper spray, taser

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I find Mohamad's story very strange, seems something fishy about it.

Maybe you would find it less fishy if he was called Colin or Dave?

Up to you to think that way, I don't.

Just fishy that people approach him on a motorbike selling drugs, and they get aggressive when he drives off? Strange sales techniques. He claimed to be going home, 300 meters from the circle he gets stabbed after the road was blocked, very wide road there. I have no doubt he was stabbed, but would guess there is more to it than he telling at the moment. We'll have to wait and see though.

That's what I thought . No motive, they can pull up beside him, talking so he can hear then he accelerates away from them , they (3- "somehow") get far enough ahead to stop, get off a bike, him sees them ahead waiting for him (wide road blocked with a moped) doesnt turn around and get out of there when 3 he presumes dealers are waiting for him ...AND All within 300meters of near where he started, (didnt say where they oulled up beside him - they had speed?

I was just calculating it - he doesn't say if it happened before or past the roundabout, but he didn't say I'was leaving, but he was on his way home. but within 300m this all happened now if he was trying to accelerate away he is going at least 60km I would think ; that's 1km a minute, 300meters in 18 seconds, so all this happened in < 18 seconds? And contributors are getting angry at us who thinks it doesn't add up!

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"It's time for embassies to issue stern travel advisories against coming to Phuket, i.e. don't go there unless your trip is absolutely essential. Leave them on until police can demonstrate significant progress in cleaning up the gangs of thugs that prey on tourist pedestrians and motorcyclists, armed with guns, knives and clubs."

Agreed. It's like when the US issued a terrorism warning for Bangkok last Jan. Apparently the Thai authorities had known about a possible threat and had specifics but dragged their feet. Until, that is, the US issued a warning. Then the Thais got on the ball within a day and carried out the necessary raids. (At least that's how I understand it).

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Just get a stun gun or taser. It is even good for scaring off wild dogs!

Not a bad idea! what are the public in Thailand allowed to carry for self defense purposes, IE; pepper spray, taser

I was wondering this myself today - does anyone know ?

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