Another Foreigner’s House Burgled as Thefts Continue
A 48-YEAR-OLD German man lost cash and electronic items when thieves broke into his Jimbaran home on Monday.
Police suspect that the criminals may have scouted out the house on Jl Udayana Nuance III in advance. They broke open the front door while the resident, Rainer Aust, was out.
According to police the break-in resulted in the loss of around Rp20 million (US$2140) in cash, as well as two laptops, a camera, two Sony PlayStations and a mobile phone.
The thefts come are the latest in a spate of recent crimes against foreigners in Bali. On February 4 another German man, resident in South Kuta, lost money and a laptop when thieves broke into his house, while an Australian man had money and electronic items taken from his car and a Dutch woman lost a bag to a motorbike thief in Sanur on the same day. Another woman lost money and valuables to a bag snatcher in Seminyak later that week.
Denpasar Police spokesman Ketut Suwetra has urged vigilance from visitors and residents in light of the recent crimes.
Tornado Rips Roof Off
A MENDOYO family had a lucky escape last Friday after a tornado ripped the roof from their house, showering sharp roof tiles into the sleeping quarters.
Kadek Juli Satria Yoga, his wife Komang Yuliantini and their 18-month-old baby daughter were absent from their home in Anyar Kelod when the tornado struck.
“We had gone as a family to my parents’ house,” Yuliantini told reporters on Saturday, adding that she felt very grateful, despite the damage to her home.
“If I had been inside at the time, I or my child could have been badly hurt by the falling tiles,” she said.
The low-income family later received assistance from I Putu Artha, deputy regent of Jembrana, and Yulianti said that her brothers were helping to rebuild the house.
Artha, who is also the Jembrana chairman of the Indonesian Red Cross, said that it was important for locals to be alert to unstable weather conditions.
“Strong winds can come suddenly and are very difficult to predict. I ask citizens increase their vigilance,” he said.
Ferry Breaks Down
A ferry operating on the busy Banyuwangi-Gilimanuk crossing between Bali and Java spent an hour drifting mid-channel on Monday after its steering mechanism broke.
The vessel, KMP Darma Badra, departed Gilimanuk at 9.30am, carrying various private and public motor vehicles, as well as passengers. In the middle of the short crossing the ferry came to a halt. After drifting for an hour it was eventually towed to the far shore by another boat.
Passengers reported that there was a problem with the ferry’s steering. Many of the roll-on roll-off car ferries crossing the Bali Strait are more than 20 years old.
Gilimanuk harbourmaster Dewa Nyoman Kari confirmed that KMP Badra Darma had suffered damage to the steering system, but added that after repairs in Banyuwangi the ship was sailing once more.
The Bali Times