Aussie travellers warned to ‘never, ever’ wear jewellery while holidaying in Bali amid heightened theft
If you’re planning a trip to Bali anytime soon, you might want to take note of this very important advice.
With theft rife on the dreamy island, travellers are being warned to avoid wearing one item in particular to avoid becoming a victim – jewellery.
Australian tourists are on high alert after a Victorian family revealed a masked group on motorbikes tried to steal from them, according to Daily Mail.
The mother says two men tried to tear her husband’s gold chain off his neck along Legian Road near the Mercure Hotel.
“This just happened five minutes ago,” she said on Wednesday, in a post on a Bali travellers Facebook page.
“Be aware, in Legian St, very close to Mercure Legian, two guys on a scooter wearing masks waiting for us to walk past, tried pulling my hubby’s chain off his neck.
“Lucky hubby was suss as we were walking towards them and grabbed a hold of it with one hand and grabbing the guys arm with his other hand.
“They were there waiting as we were walking up, cos hubby noticed something shifty, so as we were walking back, they must of saw us coming back.”
Her husband managed to save his chain, thanks to vigilance and quick thinking, but the woman said her 21-year-old daughter — a first-time visitor to Bali — found the incident all too much.
“She cried instantly. She wants to go home,” the mother added.
A Sydney woman knew this feeling all too well, posting that she faced a similar scenario.
“We were walking back from dinner… a group of 10 of us, kids, adults, big guys going back to (our) hotel apartments,” she revealed.
“A bike with two that I call a scrambler (the really tinny exhaust-sounding ones) came up from behind us and ripped one of the wives’ cross-body bags off her, with everything in it.
“Since then, day and night no matter where I am, I am not relaxed and I’m on edge.”
She added that she’s told her 19 and 20-year-old daughters to never carry anything on them when they leave their hotel in Bali.
“A shame we can’t even walk carefree down the street,’ she said.
The three mothers certainly weren’t alone, with plenty of others sharing their experiences and highlighting an important reminder – to “never, ever” take expensive jewellery to the holiday destination.
“Shouldn’t be wearing a chain in Bali. I got done years ago. Lesson learned for me,” a Perth man said.
A Perth woman shared the same sentiment.
“I tell people all the time if I see them with expensive chains on not to wear them. I lived there this has always been a thing happening unfortunately,” she said.
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