Klungkung Police say they have so far not been able to find thieves believed responsible for a rash of break-ins in Semarapura because the CCTV footage supplied to investigators is too poor quality.
In one case, a Rp5 million (US$550) theft from the BPD Klungkung office, police say they cannot determine from the footage whether the people in the video are employees or thieves.
They have sent the tapes to Denpasar for expert analysis.
Community policing chief Dewa Gede Putra Sugawa said the best way to halt rampant theft was to get village leaders to ask residents to be watchful for their own security and that of their homes and to report any suspicious activity.
“Thieves usually target empty houses,” he said. “A good way to secure your house in your absence is to keep a dog which would bark and alert neighbours if strangers enter.”