Indonesian truck driver arrested in Bali for using military costume to speed up journey

An Indonesian truck driver was arrested in Bali over the weekend for impersonating a military officer. After arrested at Bali’s Mengwi Bus Terminal, Pipin Aston, 38, told police he was sporting an Air Force uniform so he could speed up his trip. Traveling from Java to Bali, as Pipin was doing, requires going through an ...

Crime

Bali ‘immigration slapper’ spars with security in viral video, Brit detained and case still being processed: Immigration

Bali ‘immigration slapper’ spars with security in viral video, Brit detained and case still being processed: Immigration

A British national, who infamously slapped an Indonesian immigration officer in Bali this past July, has resurfaced on the web, as several videos, apparently of the same woman...

Japanese man reports sexual assault during Bali massage

Japanese man reports sexual assault during Bali massage

A Balinese man has been arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a Japanese tourist during a massage. Bali Police have arrested local man I Ketut Budita, 42, over a report of...

Balinese woman sentenced 4.5 years for killing her own three children

Balinese woman sentenced 4.5 years for killing her own three children

A Balinese woman has been sentenced by Gianyar District Court to just four and a half years prison for a rare, horrifying case of filicide. Ni Luh Putu Septyan Parmadani made...

Alleged French ‘professional drug courier’ arrested in Lombok, facing charges carrying death penalty

Alleged French ‘professional drug courier’ arrested in Lombok, facing charges carrying death penalty

A Frenchman who Indonesian police are referring to as a “professional drug courier” has been slapped with drug trafficking charges carrying the death penalty. French national...

Mass Indonesian Prison Break: Prisoners have 1 week to visit families, says government

Mass Indonesian Prison Break: Prisoners have 1 week to visit families, says government

Some 1,200 inmates escaped from three prisons in the area following the twin disasters. The government is now saying they have one week to visit their families, then they're...

200 Balinese youth join the island’s ‘fight against drugs’ in anti-narcotics training program

200 Balinese youth join the island’s ‘fight against drugs’ in anti-narcotics training program

A total of 200 youth from five regencies in Bail are participating in a special training program recruiting young cadres to join the “fight against drugs” on the island,...

Police bust Bali spa sex trafficking operation

Police bust Bali spa sex trafficking operation

A man arrested in Jakarta earlier this month for human trafficking was sending victims to Bali as work as spa therapists, Jakarta Police revealed on Thursday. At least four...

8 suspects arrested over violent beating leaving university student dead in Denpasar: Report

8 suspects arrested over violent beating leaving university student dead in Denpasar: Report

Eight suspects have been brought into custody for questioning over the death of a Bali university student who was violently assaulted in Denpasar on Monday. Umbu Wedo Gaunglahlo...

Security guard shot in leg, arrested for breaking into Bali convenience stores 12 times

Security guard shot in leg, arrested for breaking into Bali convenience stores 12 times

Indonesian security guard Alexander Lourentino Ximenes, 22, was arrested on Monday evening over 12 incidents of convenience store robberies in South Bali, but not before Bali...


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Coconuts Bali Crime

Our crime section on Coconuts Bali is one of our most frequently updated news beats. Crime is abound in Bali and let’s be real—most of it is non-serious, petty crime that usually has us asking, “What was Mr. X thinking?? Like, really?” Like, why did that teenager think is was a good idea to steal all those chickens from his neighbor and sell them to buy a new motorbike? Or why did that tourist think he could get away with stuffing a bunch of cosmetics from the duty free at the airport into his pants? Crime is also the category of our site that contains the most internationally covered stories. Just every so often in Bali, there seems to be a foreigner (or several who conspire together) that get swept up in international incidents involving murder, corruption, drugs, or all of the above. These stories too often involve Aussies, but hey, not exclusively. Crime is usually not violent in Bali and you will not read about all of scuffles involving weapons, so when they do happen (usually with blades, no guns here), they do get reported on. Oh, and we would be remiss to be discussing crime in Bali and not bring up the “Hotel K” aka Kerobokan Prison, the home to Bali’s biggest and baddest criminals and also the small-time Joes. Overcrowded and supposedly a key component of Bali’s drug trade, the prison often finds its way into our crime section.