Bali’s Kuta Beach is the island’s most famous coastal getaway. The original beach destination in Bali is undergoing a surge in popularity after a few years of being overlooked in favor of more trending destinations.
Now police are increasing efforts to keep tourists safe.
As tourist destinations go, Bali is one of the safest and most welcoming places to visit in the world. Sadly, however, there are times when opportunistic thieves operate in Bali’s busy tourist destinations.
As Bali is at the height of the high tourist season and as the island is celebrating the auspicious Galungan and Kuningan festivals, police have started to conduct more patrols in the area.
An increased police presence in the Kuta Beach area has been ordered for a number of reasons.
Firstly due to the increasing number of visits in the area, secondly due to a series of phone thefts in the area, and thirdly, due to a rise in the number of badly behaved tourists in Bali.
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Police in Kuta have been tasked with keeping tourists safe, being an accessible point of contact in the event of an emergency, and helping deter illegal and disrespectful behavior.
The Supervisory Officer for Kuta Police, Ipda I Gusti Kade Agus Wirawan, spoke to reporters about the force’s commitment to keeping Kuta safe and welcoming.
Wirawan has said that “Kuta Beach is a tourist attraction that is always packed with visitors, especially at Galungan. We from the police want to ensure that [public order] is maintained by being present and patrolling there.”
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The Head of the Kuta Police, Kompol Yogie Pramagita, also reiterated that orders to increase police presence in Bali’s leading destinations come from the highest authorities within Bali Police.
There is an island-wide mission to prioritize a proactive and preemptive approach to keeping tourists safe and local communities thriving.
Kompol Pramgaita said that the patrols in the Kuta area will be taking place throughout the day and night.
He noted that patrols “must provide a sense of security, comfort, and a [positive] impression to both foreign and domestic tourists.”
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The increased patrols in the Kuta Beach area also come just days after local police confirmed the arrest of four thieves who had been targeting foreign tourists.
The police reported that the four men admitted to stealing phones from tourists in the Kuta, Legian, and Seminyak areas.
While increased police patrols and these rest arrests will go a long way in making Kuta Beach even safer for tourists, visitors to the area are reminded to keep their valuables out of view, especially when walking along busy streets.
This high season police officers are also patrolling the Seminyak Beach area to be an approachable point of assistance for tourists. Stylish and ever-popular Seminyak is busy and bustling right now.
Police have committed to patrolling both the beachfront and the streets around Seminyak to help deter potential criminals and ensure that tourists understand the do’s and don’ts of visiting Bali.
Police in Seminyak have been tasked with talking to tourists about what is and inset appropriate behavior.
This is part of a bigger strategy to ensure that “culturally dignified and sustainable” tourism becomes the new normal in Bali.
It is not only in the coastal resorts where tourists are helping to keep tourists safe and living on the right side of the law. Up in Bali’s arts and cultural capital, Ubud officers are also conducting more patrols than usual.
Speaking to reporters last week, the Ubud Police Chief, Kompol I Made Uder announced that local officers would be conducting ‘dialogic patrols’ in order to make sure tourists are aware of how to behave while visiting the iconic destination.
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