Northern police are launching new crackdowns on crime ahead of the annual Loy Krathong festival while keeping a close eye on the use of fireworks and firecrackers.
In Chiang Mai Province, deputy national police chief Pol. Lt. Gen. Chinnapat Sarasin and Gov. Charoenrit Sanguansat were joined by heads of state agencies, administrative, police and military officers and volunteers is dispatching patrols Monday.
Loy Krathong is celebrated alongside the Yi Peng Lanna lantern festival. This year, the festival will be celebrated on Oct. 31 and many residents and tourists are expected to release floating baskets and launch lanterns in different areas.
Relevant agencies have made preparations to deal with traffic congestion and the use of fireworks, firecrackers and lanterns, while protecting members of the public and tourists from theft and other crimes.
Chiang Rai Gov. Prajon Prachsakul presided over another anti-crime launch taking place in all 18 districts of the northern province.
The operation is being jointly conducted by 300 personnel from the 37th Military Circle, the Third Cavalry Division, the Phamuang Force, the Border Patrol Police, the Immigration Police, the Tourist Police, the Highway Police, the Chiang Rai Disaster Mitigation and Prevention Office, the administrative sector, the Norasingh team and Chiang Rai Prachanukroh Hospital.
An anti-crime operation was also launched in the northern province of Lamphun. Gov. Worayut Naowarat presided over the event. Security officers are to patrol different venues at night, to ensure the safety of people and tourists.
On Oct. 31, Phra That Hariphunchai Temple in Lamphun will organize the 100,000 Lanterns festival. Officers will be deployed to address traffic and safety issues in different areas and to take other precautionary measures.