Bali Post reports that despite the recent arrest of a ring of thieves linked to a series of robberies and physical attacks in the Ubud and Sanur areas, there are still substantial improvements that remain to be made in the security systems for commercial villas, particularly in Gianyar Regency - which includes Ubud.
Data collected by the tourism office for Gianyar counts 350 commercial villas in the regency, 37 of which have no formal operational license. Other data provided by police in Gianyar indicates 120 of these villas or 34% do not employ uniformed guards (Satpam).
A spokesman for the Gianyar Police, speaking with the permission of the Regency’s Chief Officer, Drs. Dedy Dhia Dharma, said many of the villas affected by robberies do not employ uniformed guards.
The police spokesman said the police are preparing to call villa owners to ask their cooperation in improving security standards in Ubud.
Members of traditional village communities will also be included in current steps to improve security standards for villas in Gianyar, particularly for villas located in remote areas that are often targeted by thieves.
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