Aussies warned of scammers in Legian, Bali

Vacationers travelling to Bali have been warned about pickpocketers in a preferred resort space.

The beachside resort of Legian has skilled an increase within the variety of thieves with foreigners suggested to maintain a detailed eye on their belongings.

It comes after a video surfaced on-line of an alleged pickpocketer making an attempt to rob two vacationers as they left a membership within the space on Sunday at 3am.

The person reportedly walked as much as the vacationers as they made their means down Jalan Legian — the principle avenue that runs north-south from Kuta to Seminyak.

He’s believed to have provided a motorbike rental service and through the temporary dialog allegedly tried to steal one of many vacationer’s telephones, in response to The Bali Solar.

The clip reveals a scuffle outdoors a membership near the Bali Bombing Memorial in Legian, the place a gaggle of individuals attempt to apprehend the person.

A police investigation has been launched following the viral clip, though the sufferer is but to make a proper grievance.

The person claimed the telephone had fallen out of the vacationer’s pocket and he was merely selecting it as much as hand again — which he finally did, in response to the publication.

In the meantime, in September a livid Aussie traveller issued a warning to others heading to the vacationer hotspot when he was the goal of thieves after he “let his guard down”.

He was additionally on the favored strip, recognized for its bars and eating places, close to the Floor Zero monument when he fell sufferer to a rip-off.

Taking to a Fb web page for Australians travelling to Bali, he defined he was out with some associates for a meal and a few Bintangs when a gaggle of girls allegedly stole his telephone.

“Strolling in direction of the Matahari Bungalows three women received up shortly strolling in direction of me asking if I wished a therapeutic massage, I stated ‘no thanks’,” he stated.

“They circled me and one aggressively pulled on my arm whereas one of many others eliminated me telephone from my hip pocket.

“I had solely walked 20-30 metres once I realised and shortly went again however they have been gone.”

He stated he often brings an previous Samsung telephone and places a Bali sim in it, locking away his iPhone, nevertheless being the primary night time he hadn’t completed so but and was nonetheless carrying it.

Within the put up, the Aussie defined resort employees informed him it’s a typical prevalence.

“[They] stated this had occurred 4 or 5 instances within the final couple of weeks, it’s a disgrace native enterprise and merchants will lose cash from misplaced commerce,” he stated within the September put up.

“I’ve discovered ‘tolong jangon sentuh’ … ‘please don’t contact’! After this anybody approaches me will get the palm of my hand positioned firmly on their chest, I don’t care who they’re.”

Different vacationers commenting on the put up stated the identical factor occurred to them.

“Sadly this was in all probability the identical three girls that did the very same ruse to each my son-in-law and pal up close to the Hungry Jack’s,” one particular person wrote.

“Native enterprise proprietor knew precisely the place it occurred and the specifics earlier than we even informed him what occurred. Stated it’s taking place all too usually. By no means positioned our telephones as they turned them off instantly. Made what was a terrific journey somewhat bitter on our second to final night time there.”

In the meantime, following the incidents, officers from the realm have seemed into rising surveillance.

“Don’t let pickpocket gangs act in our space … We now have agreed to extend safety to forestall legal acts in each the Legian and Kuta areas,” Head of Legian Village, Ni Putu Eka Martini, informed reporters on Monday.

Kuta I Village Head Putu Dedik Ardi Ardiana added that he too will make efforts to extend safety “to maintain vacationers protected”.

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