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Bali Police Concerned That Crime Rates Might Surge As Government Decided To Turn Off Public Street Lights At Night

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Authorities from Badung Police Department are concerned that the crime rates in Badung could potentially surge as the provincial government has decided to turn off all public lights in the evening during the emergency partial lockdown.

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The Head of the Badung Police Department, AKBP Roby Septiadi stated that the policy to turn off all public street lights during the partial lockdown could potentially increase the criminal activity in most of the Badung area. “It would be pretty dangerous as some people might take advantage of this policy by getting involved in criminal activities at night.” AKBP Roby said on Friday (9/7).

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Roby reminds the public to finish their outdoor activities before the 8:00pm curfew as a form of support to the government’s program in reducing Covid-19 transmissions in Bali. He also explained that the emergency partial lockdown implementation was not initiated to destroy the economic activity, but to protect the people from virus transmissions as the new Covid-19 variant has begun to spread on the island. “All these restrictions were implemented to reduce people’s mobility as Covid-19 cases keep surging recently. Besides, most people can still run their businesses through the internet nowadays.” AKBP Roby added. 

Kuta At night
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He also claimed that the traffic restrictions that have been implemented every morning showed some positive results in reducing people’s activity during the emergency partial lockdown. “According to our data, the traffic restriction that starts from 6:00am to 10:00am every morning has already shown results to reduce people’s mobility, as people usually start their routine in the morning.” AKBP Roby concluded.

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Pan Demi

Tuesday 13th of July 2021

Not only the crime, but also the incident or accident might happened, than who will be responsible for that?


Tuesday 13th of July 2021

No kidding!! A Curfew for all but not turning off the street lights. Come on that would be absolutely irresponsible to put everyone in the dark. Have they even heard "Freaks come out at night"...all shapes, sizes and colors. Chuckle...

Ralph K

Tuesday 13th of July 2021

Mask mandates and dark streets?

Now why on earth would anybody think being able to legally hide your identify in the dark of night and to add to that the police even if they did happen upon a potential criminal would be in violation of the social distancing rule if they tried to apprehend.

Not sure they thought this through as being a good thing.

Wayan Bo

Tuesday 13th of July 2021

In 1980’s there wasn't public street lights and there wasn't significant crime. Police wasn’t carrying guns, because it wasn’t necessary. Police was carrying pencil in white pistol holders instead of gun. It was very peaceful everywhere.