Bali Authorities Emphasize Tourist Security Following Recent Massive $36K Robbery

Bali Authorities Emphasize Tourist Security Following Recent Massive Robbery

After another robbery in the popular resort of Legian, top tourism officials in Indonesia have publicly reassured foreign visitors that the island is a safe place to vacation.

In response to the increase in pickpocketing and thefts against foreigners, police patrols in the region have already been stepped up in recent weeks. 

Authorities in Legian have initiated an inquiry to locate two individuals linked to a significant robbery on Jalan Padma Utara that occurred on November 7th.

Law enforcement authorities have confirmed that a British couple vacationing nearby were the victims of a robbery at around 9 p.m., perpetrated by two people on a motorcycle.

Jewelry valued at USD 36,319, or IDR 570 million, was allegedly stolen from the couple.

Chief Commissioner Pramagita told reporters, “We are carrying out an investigation. We have carried out the crime scene investigation. However, there are still minimal witnesses. Because at that time, at the scene, there were no witnesses who saw it. There were no witnesses who saw it yet.”

The couple was reportedly on their way to their vacation home along Jalan Padma Utara. Two men on a motorcycle approached them from the side and tried to steal Hollis’ handbag.

Hollis tried to protect her bag from the thief, but despite her efforts, one of the perpetrators began violently wielding what looked like a knife.

Authorities have stated that the thieves insisted she surrendered her jewelry, and the couple complied due to the threats posed by the perpetrators.

Bali is safe, the Indonesian Minister for Tourism and Creative Economies assured travelers in a statement following the incident.

Ketut Yadnya Winarta, speaking on behalf of the Bali Tourism Office, stressed that more is being done to ensure the safety of tourists in Bali.

“This incident does not mean that Bali is no longer safe. We can say that in general Bali is still safe,” Winarta told reporters.

“The security forces have also carried out security activities in tourist areas and tourist attractions so that we can see that there are very few criminal cases occurring in Bali,” he continued

“Regarding the news of robberies against tourists, currently, the police in Bali are conducting an investigation. If this really happens, hopefully they will be arrested soon,” he concluded.

10 General Safety Tips for Tourists in Bali

  1. Stay Informed About Local Laws and Customs: Understanding local laws and respecting Balinese customs can greatly enhance your safety and experience. For instance, dress modestly when visiting temples and adhere to local guidelines.
  2. Secure Your Valuables: Petty theft can occur in tourist areas. Use hotel safes for valuable items and avoid displaying expensive jewelry or electronics in public places. When at the beach or in crowded areas, keep an eye on your belongings.
  3. Be Cautious with Money and ATMs: Use ATMs in secure locations, preferably inside banks or busy areas. Be wary of card skimmers and cover the keypad when entering your PIN. Also, it’s wise to carry some cash in local currency for small purchases.
  4. Stay Safe on the Roads: Traffic in Bali can be chaotic. If you rent a scooter or car, ensure you have a valid international driver’s license and wear a helmet. Be cautious and follow local traffic rules.
  5. Be Mindful of Health Risks: Drink bottled water to avoid waterborne illnesses. Use mosquito repellent and take necessary precautions to prevent mosquito-borne diseases like Dengue fever.
  6. Avoid Unlicensed Tour Operators: For adventure activities or tours, use reputable and licensed operators. Ensure that they provide necessary safety equipment and briefings.
  7. Be Aware of Natural Hazards: Bali has active volcanoes and occasional earthquakes. Familiarize yourself with evacuation routes and safety procedures in case of natural disasters.
  8. Practice Safe Swimming: Pay attention to flags and warnings at beaches. Strong currents and riptides can be dangerous, even for experienced swimmers.
  9. Responsible Nightlife Behavior: Be cautious with alcohol consumption, especially with local spirits which can be stronger than expected. Avoid accepting drinks from strangers and keep an eye on your drink at all times.
  10. Emergency Preparedness: Know the emergency numbers in Bali (such as 112 for emergency services) and have the address of your country’s embassy or consulate on hand.