Is Crime a Problem?

There is crime in Bali, but most of the crime is non-violent and tends to be theft of belongings or scams (such as ATM skimming). While there are occasional violent crimes, often these are sensationalized by the media.

Take care of your belongings, lock up valuables, and maintain a low profile as a tourist. Be aware of possible pickpocketing, and use ATMs at a bank with security. Lock doors and windows when leaving your accommodations. The Kuta and Legian areas have the highest crime rates, while Ubud is one of the safest locations.

Having a bag snatched while driving on a scooter is a commonly reported crime. Try to avoid driving alone on a scooter late at night, and lock up bags in the under seat compartment.

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