CCTV footage from a parking lot in Sunset Road, Seminyak, has circulated showing a male foreigner snatching a helmet from an unattended motorcycle on Saturday.
The helmet theft took place in the parking lot of a Korean supermarket. Judging from the footage, which has been widely shared by community accounts on social media, the protective gear robbery looked like it involved two foreigners, one of whom likely served as a lookout.
The footage also shows one foreigner, who was already wearing a helmet, driving his motorbike up to an empty parking space. Out of the corner of the screen, he grabs another helmet from a parked motorbike and drives off, vanishing as quickly as he drove in.
Originally posted by @viieang21, she wrote that there were two people involved in the theft, and that both were not native to the island.
Coconuts Bali has reached out to her for more information.
The culprits and the victim in the video have not been identified.
As is also the case throughout Indonesia, it’s very common for motorcyclists in Bali to leave their helmets on their vehicles when parked in a public space – though some choose to carry their helmets around with them. As such, helmet theft is nothing out of the ordinary in the country.
This story also adds to the list of incidents in which foreigners misbehave on the Island of Gods. Recently, a TikTok video circulated showing foreigners driving a motorbike – likely a rental – over ocean waves, potentially damaging the vehicle.