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Bali's Vandalism Crisis: A Call for Respect

Vandalism is becoming a serious problem in Bali, and is causing a growing concern among locals and tourists alike. In recent months, there have been numerous instances of vandalism and unauthorized paintings on walls and buildings in Bali.

As happened in Uluwatu's Jalan Goa Gong in June 2023, a group of tourists who were later identified as being Caucasian were seen on camera spray-painting graffiti on a wall. The wall of an elementary school in Kerobokan was vandalized by a Russian adolescent in January 2023, who was later forced to repaint the wall with his father. More recently, two people were captured in a viral video, painting illegally in Jimbaran.

This type of behavior is not only disrespectful to local property owners and the local community, but it is also illegal.

Under Article 406 of the Indonesian Criminal Code: “Anyone who intentionally destroys, damages, renders unusable, or removes property entirely or partially the belonging of another person can be sentenced to up to two years and eight months in prison or a fine of up to Rp4,500.”

In addition to the legal consequences, vandalism can have a severe influence on Bali's tourism business.

To help avoid vandalism, visitors should be aware of Bali's rules and regulations. They should also respect local property rights and avoid defacing public locations.

If you witness someone vandalizing property, please contact the police and the local Banjar.

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