Nakhon Si Thammarat Province, in southern Thailand, Crime Suppression Police have identified as a province of concern as the area has been named the country’s most murderous province since early 2021. The police suspect that the abundance of weapons in the households partly contributes to the high murder rate there.
The crime-fighting police department has expressed concern at the homicide rate in the county, which at the time of writing averages 5.5 homicides per month out of a total of 40 homicides.
Crime Suppression Division Chief Inspector Wirachan Khunchaikaew says police are concerned about the rising murder rate in Nakhon Si Thammarat. He says most of the murders were unplanned or contracted.
The police inspector went on to say that his division has been examining the data and investigative reports to find common factors in the murders in order to curb the high murder rate. Police add that they are looking for illegal weapons to keep them away from people prone to violence.
Inspector Wirachan claimed that of the 40 murder cases this year, the police arrested suspects in 34 cases. He adds that the rest of the suspects have been identified by the police but have escaped arrest. He went on to state that in 27 of the murders, firearms were used and 21 of the cases involved personal conflict, 2 of the murders involved adultery, and 1 involved illegal drugs. In 15 of the cases, the police were unable to determine the motives.
On motives and firearms, the inspector continued to say that the county used to be home to many hitmen. Furthermore, many residents felt they should carry weapons for personal safety, such as when tapping rubber at night or when inspecting their crop fields. Police Major Theerayut says the accessibility of weapons means that simple arguments can be fatal. Theerayut adds that some residents of Nakhon are short-tempered, which can exacerbate the situation.
Shooting incidents are usually spurred on by heated discussions or family quarrels. In most cases, the conflicts turn family members against each other,” Theerayut says.
Last weekend, for example, a man stabbed his wife to death in front of the police station, before that a couple was shot dead in the car last week, although their son survived and came off with a broken leg.
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