He was speaking to representatives of Phuket's 19 local administrations - and urging them all to allocate funds for security cameras in budgets to be determined in September.
''We have to reduce the number of thefts and make tourists feel safe,'' the governor told the meeting at Provincial Hall in Phuket City. ''Another murder like the one involving Australian Michelle Smith has to be prevented.''
A telephone call from someone who had contact with the killers enabled Phuket police to quickly apprehend the bag snatchers who stabbed the 60-year-old travel agent when a bag snatch went wrong.
Today Governor Tri said plans to cover Phuket's most popular tourist districts with security cameras would make an enormous difference to Phuket's appeal.
''Phuket is a safe place but our job is to keep making it safer,'' he said. The governor said that his administration was planning to contribute two million baht towards security cameras.
The quality of cameras had improved as costs of cameras had gone down, he said.
He added that action had now begun to bring Phuket's illegal taxis under control, and to end the rip-offs that were also a big source of tourists' complaints.