If you want to limit your view of this place to what the the tour operators want you to believe, then good luck to you. If you want the truth so that you can make your own decision about whether or not to go there, read on. Here are some recent examples of crime in Phuket:
Sixty Year Old Australian Lady Stabbed To Death
Australian Ambassador Looking For Action Regarding Crime. Perhaps a few other Ambassadors would leave their chauffeur driven limousines to support him.
Twenty Expats. Claim To Have Been Victims Of Crime In Phuket
Jet Ski Scam. Despite a documentary about this shown around the world, it's still going on.
Finnish Tourist Slashed In Bag Snatch Attempt
The UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office and the US Department of State have both issued warning notices about the various risks to tourists in Thailand.
The bad publicity caused by crimes such as these is now causing a great deal of talk from on high. What we need to see is action. If the police can't deal with this crime wave, then perhaps an absence of tourists will have some effect.
Nice place to look at but be careful after nightfall: