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Regarding House Break-in.
A just in article newspaper highlighting Two Issues:
- Foreigners staying long term in Indonesia and lack proper insurance coverage for immediate emergencies.
- The lack of safety and security in Indonesia in general, in comparison to neighboring countries.

http://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-up … 7d72d79b32

While the location is Bali, it could be any place really in Indonesia.

Close to Lebaran, Muslim New Year, there will be increasing break-in to houses. Do make sure your:
- gate or point of entry is secure and tall or with spikes not easy to climb on
- rubbish chute is secure
- any neighbor that is empty house is a potential to climb from
- back wall from neighbor behind your house is secure
- invest in cctv system
- consider adding alarm
- person house sit in when possible

NB: sticky finger when typing subject thread title, could not edit unfortunately now.

I'm unsure the example given as a victim of a break in is a very good one.
Apologies for these being in Indonesian, but the basic story is about a man who felt (rightly as events have proven) he was in need of protection.

http://beol.asia/diduga-korban-aniaya-k … rah-darah/

http://www.semetonnews.com/post/read/12 … -misterius

This one explains how he was attacked 11 days ago.
http://www.skynews.com.au/news/national … -bali.html

This explains the lack of a break in
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article … rgery.html

However, the unusual events leading up to this crime don't mean the general advice regarding security at home and medical insurance is invalid, just the example given could be more than a simple break in.

The note about an increase in crime on the run up to Ramadan is also true as the pressure to provide gifts and the need to get cash to return home for the holiday tips some over the edge, so they resort to crime.

It should be noted this is still a minor issue when compared to many other countries, so whilst care to lock doors should be taken, there's no real need to stress out as the rates are still tiny when compared to western cities.
Most westerners tend to live in guarded estates, thus reducing the likelihood of a break in even further.

The greatest areas of real concern to expats and local alike is dodgy taxi drivers taking their customer to be robbed by  a gang, minor street grab type crimes and card skimming by the odd bent shop assistant.
That's cured or minimised by using a prepaid card with a smaller amount of credit on it.

The last is prostitutes using Rohypnol on their customers, taking the chance to get a lot more for their services than the agreed amount.
This, I'm assured, is also a potential problem in some of Jakarta's bule bars, but as I don't go to such places or use prostitutes, I'll leave others to comment on the validity of the stories mentioned on several sites.

Whilst Indonesia (especially the cities) are not crime free, there's really little need to worry about becoming a victim unless you engage in potentially dangerous behaviour.

enduringword :

Regarding House Break-in.
A just in article newspaper highlighting Two Issues:
- Foreigners staying long term in Indonesia and lack proper insurance coverage for immediate emergencies.
- The lack of safety and security in Indonesia in general, in comparison to neighboring countries.

http://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-up … 7d72d79b32

While the location is Bali, it could be any place really in Indonesia.

Close to Lebaran, Muslim New Year, there will be increasing break-in to houses. Do make sure your:
- gate or point of entry is secure and tall or with spikes not easy to climb on
- rubbish chute is secure
- any neighbor that is empty house is a potential to climb from
- back wall from neighbor behind your house is secure
- invest in cctv system
- consider adding alarm
- person house sit in when possible

NB: sticky finger when typing subject thread title, could not edit unfortunately now.

Great thread and great advice!

I agree. 

Posts which remind expats of the need to take responsibility for their personal safety are important, and reminders should be posted from time to time.

One of the most comprehensive and objective reports on crime in Indonesia is produced every year by the US Department of State Bureau of Diplomatic Safety, aka, OSAC.     

Their most recent report regarding Jakarta (for 2015) is linked below:

https://www.osac.gov/pages/ContentRepor … ?cid=17089

Professional advice on personal safety matters can also be found there.

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