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Out in Force

Bali Police to Deploy 7,000 Personnel to Keep Lebaran Holidays Safe

(7/27/2012) The Bali Police will assign 7,000 personnel spread across key areas of the island to maintain peace and order in the period leading up to and during the Lebaran Holidays.

The spokesman for the Bali police, Hariadi, quoted by Seputarbali.com, said on Thursday, July 26, 2012, “We will deploy two-thirds of our force or around seven thousand officers.”

He said his office would deploy officers at key selected locations based on their experience over previous holidays.

The thousands of policemen on duty over the holidays will be assigned to busy areas of Bali such as shopping centers, tourist objects, places of worship, seaports, land transport terminals and the Ngurah Rai International Airport.

Banks and financial institutions are also on the list of key locations following the theft of Rp. 490 million (US$52,700) from a customer of the BCA Bank on Tuesday, July 24, 2012. In that incident, a customer  was robbed after leaving the bank when his tires were punctured and men offering to assist made off with the cash.

Hariadi also asked the public to contact the police and ask assistance whenever they are carrying large sums of money to and from a bank.