BANGKOK (Reuters) – More surveillance cameras are to be installed in Bangkok and at tourist destinations in Thailand following the murder of two British tourists, a deputy prime minister said on Thursday.
The bodies of Hanna Witheridge, 23, and David Miller, 24, were discovered last week on a beach on the island of Koh Tao, or Turtle Island, famous for its turquoise waters, coral reefs and diving.
The killings have sparked debate over tourist safety in a country promoted as a land of welcoming Buddhist people, palm-fringed beaches and lively night life.
Miller died from blows to the head and drowning, according to the Thai forensics department, while Witheridge died from severe head wounds.
Police are investigating.
General Prawit Wongsuwan, a deputy prime minister, told reporters that the murder occurred in an area where there were no surveillance cameras and underlined the need for more closed-circuit television (CCTV) systems around the country.
“In dark places, CCTV cameras can’t capture images properly so there must be brighter lights. In Bangkok and tourist areas there must be brighter lighting and there must be CCTV all over the country,” Prawit said. He said authorities were working around-the-clock to find those responsible for the murders.
Thailand attracts more than 20 million tourists each year and the tourist industry accounts for about 10 per cent of gross domestic product.