A Feasibility Study to Inaugurate the Rangsit Crime Survey

  •  Jomdet Trimek    


Thailand’s crime data collection system is yet to be on par with international standards, resulting in distortedanalysis of actual crime situation and difficulty in formulating crime reduction policy. This research analysescrime data collection system of the United States and the United Kingdom in order to study ways to inaugurate acrime survey and find out the best means of carrying out such project by Rangsit University. This research isconducted qualitatively via in-depth interview of six crime data collection and analysis experts in order torecognise the problems and formulate solutions for crime data collection in Thailand. In addition, a focus groupconsisting of eight crime data collection experts will be formed to determine the procedure involved in theRangsit Crime Survey. The researchers found out that crime data collection system in Thailand, in particular theRoyal Thai Police’s five-group crime data collection, still has shortcomings in terms of redundant and outdatedoffense categorisation, and problems in data collection and dissemination. Crime survey conducted by the Officeof Justice Affairs still has limitations regarding the development of interview forms, data collection, budgetconstraints, and dissemination of data which may be harmful to other state agencies. As for the feasibility ofconducting crime survey by Rangsit University, the experts agree that such survey be conducted in the form ofCrime Fear Poll, the most feasible method which incurs least costs and minimal staff requirements. The name ofthe project will be the “RSU Crime Survey”.

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