The Bali Police have declared the resort island has become safer, an have pointed to a decrease in criminality last year. However, vehicle theft has increased significantly.
Overall, reported cases of crime in Bali during 2013 decreased by 3.89 per cent to 7,785 cases, down from 8,100 cases reported in 2012.
“The decrease in crime obviously shows that Bali has become safer,” Bali Police chief Insp. Gen. Albertus Julius Benny Mokalu said on Monday.
Benny said the increasing number of tourists visiting Bali had also proven the resort island was safer for tourists.
“If they didn’t feel sure Bali was safe, they wouldn’t come,” Benny stated.
As of November 2013, the Bali Tourism Agency recorded that around 2.7 million foreign tourists had visited the island, with the figure expected to reach 3.1 million by the end of the year.
Benny said the decrease in crime was partly due to community involvement in maintaining security in their respective areas. “We are grateful that the local community plays an active role in keeping the island safe,” Benny said.
The decrease in general crimes reported to the police, including burglary, robbery and murder, amounted to 5.04 per cent, from 7,355 cases in 2012 to 6,984 cases in 2013.
Transnational crime had also decreased 5.92 per cent from 338 cases to 318 cases. Meanwhile, drug cases decreased 13 per cent from 309 cases to 296 cases.
However, vehicle thefts had increased significantly, up 54.57 per cent from only 350 cases in 2012 to 541 cases in 2013. The thefts were mostly of motorcycles.