Two ‘online taxi’ drivers in Medan victims of suspected robbery-murders in two days: police

Two drivers working for ride-hailing apps, locally known as “online taxis”, were killed in as many days in the North Sumatran capital of Medan over the weekend.

Crime

‘Halal’ virginity auction site NikahSirri.com blocked in Indonesia, owner arrested on pornography charges

‘Halal’ virginity auction site NikahSirri.com blocked in Indonesia, owner arrested on pornography charges

Although the nikahsirri.com website has been widely condemnened, the practice of nikah siri is still widespread in Indonesia.

Watch: Mob in Batam flips over car after mistakenly thinking it’s an ‘online taxi’

Watch: Mob in Batam flips over car after mistakenly thinking it’s an ‘online taxi’

While ride-sharing services like Uber and Grab (locally known as “online taxi” in Indonesia) recently had many of the legal constraints placed upon them by the government...

Malaysia jails Indonesian pirates for foiled hijacking of oil tanker

Malaysia jails Indonesian pirates for foiled hijacking of oil tanker

"The pirates, who were armed with machetes, planned the robbery and targeted helpless seafarers."

Motorcycle taxi driver arrested on suspicion of murder, said he strangled victim ‘out of reflex’

Motorcycle taxi driver arrested on suspicion of murder, said he strangled victim ‘out of reflex’

The Jakarta Metro Police have arrested a motorcycle taxi driver working for a ride-hailing service for the alleged murder of a 19-year-old woman at the Laguna Apartments in Pluit,...

WATCH: Rescuers call on crane to save driver pinned in his car crushed beneath a cargo truck in Semarang

WATCH: Rescuers call on crane to save driver pinned in his car crushed beneath a cargo truck in Semarang

No reports yet on how such an accident could take place.

Man allegedly kills mistress for comparing him to her exes, later finds his wife with another man, stabs them both

Man allegedly kills mistress for comparing him to her exes, later finds his wife with another man, stabs them both

The murder of 45-year-old Fera Yusika Sumarna, the owner of a noodle eatery in Tangerang, is making headlines all over Indonesia not just because of the horrible nature of her...

Young woman in E. Java says she stabbed own newborn baby out of shame because she is unmarried

Young woman in E. Java says she stabbed own newborn baby out of shame because she is unmarried

"Malu, belum nikah (Shame, I’m not married yet)," she said quietly.

Runaway Wedding Planner: Depok Police arrest nuptials organizer for alleged financial fraud

Runaway Wedding Planner: Depok Police arrest nuptials organizer for alleged financial fraud

After the huge scandal caused by travel agency First Travel’s pilgrimage package pyramid scheme, police in Depok have uncovered similar financial fraud plot allegedly being...

Politician apologizes to employees of karaoke shuttered after he was caught with drugs on the premises

Politician apologizes to employees of karaoke shuttered after he was caught with drugs on the premises

"I apologize to them. Because of the problems I face, they have no certainty about being able to provide for their families."


 

Coconuts Jakarta Crime

Jakarta may be a sprawling megatropolis, but its crime rate is surprisingly low, at least compared to some of the other huge cities in the world. Homicide, for one, is not that common in Jakarta. Homicides in Jakarta are, more often than not, carried out by sharp weapons instead of firearms due to the extreme lack of availability of guns. That said, there are rare occasions when homicides get especially nasty in Jakarta, such as ones involving bodily mutilation. Conversely, petty crimes are a lot more common in Indonesia. Pickpockets often lurk in public areas such as train stations and bus stops, and even on the trains and buses themselves. Above the level of pickpockets are motorcycle robbers, gangs who ride their motorcycles while targeting other motorists in dark, secluded areas so they can forcefully, and sometimes violently, steal other people’s vehicles (and money). Yet some of the most heinous criminals in Jakarta are the ones who commit sexual violence on women and children. While sexual violence is not reported on a daily basis in Jakarta, it’s still a common crime that occurs more in the city’s less privileged communities. But, arguably, the root cause of all of the above crimes are those that create awful living conditions in Jakarta in the first place: white collar criminals. Indonesia is notorious for having corrupt officials in government, and it’s no surprise that many of them are living in Jakarta considering that it’s the capital city of Indonesia.