Most of Pattaya’s resident ex-pats are already painfully aware of Pattaya’s latest crime trend, “the motorcycle highway men”. The ex-pat residents of Pattaya are by now probably bored by the regular reports on Pattaya T.V. news channels and the Pattaya local news papers about Pattaya residents, both e-xpat and Thai nationals alike being the victims of Pattaya’s motorcycle highway men. It is also sad to say that most of the residents of Pattaya personally know someone who has fallen prey to these callous, opportunistic thieves.
Unfortunately, Pattaya’s tourist population, especially the first time visitors to Pattaya are not aware of Pattaya’s latest crime trend until they to are unfortunate enough to be a victim of the high speed snatch and run merchants. Most visitors to Pattaya believe that Pattaya is a safe destination, after all this a busy, bustling tourist city. The trouble is that Pattaya has it’s fair share of opportunists, and Pattaya’s motorcycle highway men are about as opportunist as they come. Opportunity knocks for the Pattaya motorcycle highway men when they see easy pickings such as loosely worn items like handbags and gold chains worn by vulnerable and naive tourists, it’s like red rag to a bull.
To keep yourself safe while walking around Pattaya, don’t give Pattaya’s motorcycle highway men an opportunity, don’t wear your gold, or if you must wear it keep it covered. If you carry a handbag make sure you keep no valuables inside it and don’t wear it round your neck for obvious reasons. Use the pavement whenever you can, if you have to walk in the road make walk against the flow of traffic so that you can see what is coming, you will be much more vulnerable to these high speed thugs if they are allowed to approach you from behind.
Another thing you should remember is, if you are going to ride a motorcycle around Pattaya yourself, people have actually been mugged while riding a motorcycle. In some cases the rider has been kicked off the motorcycle and then mugged, other recorded cases include gold being snatched from round the riders neck whilst driving. So remember to take the necessary precautions in Pattaya and don’t be a victim of the motorcycle highway men.