Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Bali Hit By Crime Spree

Denpasar. Police in Bali have warned of a worrying spike in crimes targeting foreigners on the resort island, following the stabbing of a British tourist early on Wednesday.

John Keith Winson, 59, was stabbed during a break-in at his rented villa in South Kuta. It was the fourth burglary in the area in the past two months in which a foreigner was the victim.

On Aug. 9, burglars stole about $53,000 in cash and personal belongings from the home of a Japanese man.

In Sanur, police are investigating a similar burglary, just two days before the Ubud case, in which Australian Elizabeth Burnett, 56, lost Rp 12.6 million in cash and several documents.

The traditional increase in crime in the lead-up to Idul Fitri is also targeting domestic tourists, police say.

On Aug. 15, Johan, a visitor from Batam, was robbed by a man posing as the driver of an ojek, or motorcycle taxi. He lost his cellphone, laptop and Rp 1.6 million in cash in the incident.

A day earlier, burglars armed with machetes broke into the holiday villa of Yanti Yoswanda at Brawa Beach and made off with items worth Rp 40 million.

Police are also on the hunt for a gang believed to have simultaneously broken into safes at four locations last Thursday.

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