Security Tightened Nearing End of the Year in Bali


Bali Police is ready to secure tourists visiting Bali during Christmas and New Year. Tourists’ visit at the end of the year is predicted to increase, in order to escort the tourists, Bali Police will conduct cooperation with related sectors.

“We have proposed to the governor and the commander (Commander of Region IX/ Udayana) that in addition to improve preventive tasks, we should also use the monitoring equipment, especially CCTV,” said Bali Police Chief Inspector General of Police Albertus Julius Benny Mokalu, in Denpasar, on Friday.

At the entrance gates of Bali, both from the direction of East Java and Lombok we would really improve the monitoring performance both from our security officers and installation of electronic equipment (CCTV). For personnel, in these posts, which are usually two officers will be increased to six officers,” he added.

On the other side, Bali Police Traffic Directorate also has identified areas of attractions on the island that is prone to traffic jam towards the end of 2013. “A number of areas prone to traffic jam has been identified for further mapped,” said Bali Police Traffic Director, Commissioner Beno Louhenapessy, in Denpasar on Friday.

According to him, as a form of anticipation, Bali Police will hold Operation Zebra that will last until December 23, 2013 and will be followed by Operasi Lilin (Operation Candle) until early of 2014. Beno explained that tourist areas prone to traffic jam are in Gianyar Regency such as the area of Ubud , Sukawati. In addition, Bedugul and Tanah Lot located in Tabanan and in Kuta, Badung Regency.

Beno revealed that the cause of the traffic jam is usually an increase of tourists who want to spend New Year Eve in Bali and the small capacity of the street that is not balanced with the volume of vehicles.

“In addition, because the roads are narrow, while the parking lot is limited,” he said.

Operation Zebra targeted traffic order and reduce the number of traffic accidents amidst high public activity towards the end of the year. Bali Police itself deploys 1,034 personnel.

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