Theft in Bali is unfortunately all too common. Often occuring via motor-bikes with one person driving, the other armed and ready to cut a bag strap from a pedestrian or fellow rider.

The world is full of people looking to get money from tourists through scams or theft.

Some handy tips on preventing bag theft or pickpockets:

  • When walking along the street, wear your bag on the side of your body that is away from the traffic.
  • Don’t carry more cash or credit cards than you need.
  • Leave expensive jewellery at home.
  • Hold your purse/bag tight and close to your body.  If possible, place it under your clothing, unseen.
  • Shorten the strap on your bag so it can be held tightly between your elbow and your body.
  • Walk in busy, well lit areas – preferably with a friend.  (Muggings can happen at any time, but are often more prevalent in dimly lit, less busy locations).
  • Where possible, do without a handbag.
  • If a robber grabs your bag, resist the impulse to struggle.  If you hang on, chances are you’ll be pulled down or dragged along the streets.
  • Be especially cautious in busy stores, streets and markets.  Thefts and pickpockets often work in teams; one creates a distraction by bumping or shoving, dropping something, or asking a question – while others lift wallets from pockets or handbags.
  • Keep bags and wallets zipped up and closed at all times.
  • Where possible, use specific travel bags that have wire reinforced straps since they can’t  be easily cut.
  • Car drivers lock your doors whilst driving and lock your doors when you get out of your car for any reason.  Ask your driver or taxi to lock their doors also.
  • Most of all keep alert to people travelling near you and don’t allow them to get too close if you can help it.
  • Listen to your instincts.
  • Photocopy both sides of important documents like credit cards, licences etc and keep it in a safe place at your hotel or villa.
  • Last but not least, always take out Travel Insurance.

Wishing you safe travels! x

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STOP Thief!!!!

It is a sad fact of life that thieves exist in all parts of the world, including the island of Bali.

Some safety tips to keep  in mind to help protect yourself and your valuables are as follows:

To protect yourself:

  • Keep the door to your room locked at all times. If you are inside the room, turn the deadbolt and fasten the security chain.  Take a rubber door wedge with you whilst travelling and use it between the floor and the inside of the door.
  • When you leave your hotel room, pull the door completely closed behind you. Make sure the latch has engaged. Take a moment before you leave to try the door and make sure it is closed and locked.  Leave the “Do Not Disturb” sign on the doorknob as if you are inside. Leave the tv or radio playing and lights on. Close your blinds before you leave your room.
  • Do not open your door to strangers. Use the security viewport to see who is outside your door. Do not trust someone claiming to be a hotel employee if you are not expecting one. If you are unsure, call the front desk to check. Leave the security chain engaged while opening the door for further protection.
  • When entering or leaving the hotel after dark, use the main entrance.
  • Follow a friends advice and stack several glasses on the floor inside the door so that you will hear them fall if the door is opened whilst you’re sleeping
  • If you travel often, consider buying a portable alarm system to hang on the doorknob for added protection. These movement-sensitive devices can awaken you if a door lock should happen to fail.


To protect your valuables:

  • Keep your suitcase locked.
  • Use the safe provided in the room to store keys, wallets, extra cash and credit cards, jewellery, ipads and other small valuable items you are leaving in the room.  As a extra precaution, wipe safe keypad with alcohol wipe to remove your finger marks.
  • If no safe is supplied, check with the front desk. They may have locked storage available for your use.
  • Don’t leave cash, travellers cheques, credit cards and expensive electronics and jewellery lying around the room.
  • Leave larger expensive or breakable objects at home, if possible. If you must bring them, store them in the closet and out of the way of the cleaning crew.

By using your common sense and taking a few precautions while travelling, you can help to protect yourself and your loved ones from danger and hang on to your possessions.

If you do have the misfortune of a theft, you must report it to the Police to claim on your Travel Insurance.

The Tourist Police may also be able to offer assistance.  Their numbers are:

Kuta Tourist Police Post

Jalan Pantai Kuta

(0361) 7845988

Sanur Tourist Police Post

BK3S Post, Jalan Danau Tamblingan

(next to Bali Hyatt Hotel, Sanur)

(0361) 8531960

Safe Travels!!

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