Major General Chalermkiet Sriworakan was in Patong at the Phuket Graceland Resort and Spa to hear an update on the safety zone project.
Patong has been divided into six sections, each with its own dedicated policy contingent and a team of local residents who have been trained to recognise and report unusual behavior.
The strategy is reported to have cut the crime rate as well as increased the speed with with some perpetrators are apprehended.
Major General Chalermkiet has made several visits to Patong because the plan is for the national government to implement the strategy around Thailand once its success has been proved on Phuket and in neighboring Phang Nga province.
Under the plan, another 82 security cameras are to be added at 37 sites around Patong, Major General Chalermkiet was told yesterday.