Bali Safe for Visitors: Security Firm

SEMINYAK ~ A leading Australian private security company has been conducting a security audit of Bali to assist in making improvements to the safety and security of the island.

“Bali has recognized that it simply can’t flourish without a viable tourism industry – it’s the island’s number-one revenue generator – and this realization is reflected in the upgraded security status across the island,” Tom Roche, managing director of SNP Security, which carried out the audit, said.

“Things have improved in Bali and the local population, along with its visitors, mutually share a ‘sentiment of security’ which works at many levels around the island,” he said.

There had been a visible improvement in security on the island, better than ever before, noted Roche.

Visits by SNP personnel to Bali were unannounced and covert, both day and night, so that a true picture of the security situation could be determined, the company said.

“Things have improved in Bali and the local population, along with its visitors, mutually share a ‘sentiment of security’ which works at many levels around the island,” said Roche.

“In essence, there are two major policing organizations in place – the very vigilant community security (pecalang) and the official government organizations such as the police, military and counterterrorism units.”

The security assessment was carried out to entice visitors, particularly Australians, back to Bali.

Said Roche: “Bali is better prepared today than it ever has been to cope with the kind of threats we all face, and I can confidently say we are now ever-vigilant and well-prepared.

“These recourses, combined with upgraded, international-standard training for the island’s many private security companies, have ensured that the overall situation has taken a positive leap forward.”

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