PICKPOCKETS CAUGHT ON CAMERA in Kuta, Bali. This strip on road that extends from Kuta to Legian to Seminyak in Bali is described as the Gaza Strip when it comes down to crime against tourists. We got to witness this first hand, and it was hella scary because this gang of pickpockets were eyeing us as well when we sitting in the restaurant outdoor area. They sit on their motorbikes looking for prey. Luckily a local had warned us and told us to becareful and to keep our belongings safe, especially at night. Never thought we would witness it first hand, and it's happening pretty out in the open.
She told us that these pickpockets operate in gangs, they try to distract you by asking for a high five, asking if you want a cigarette, tapping you on the shoulder, whilst another member comes tries to grab your belongings.
They often prey on drunk people stumbling around at night, hang outside of restaurants looking for people to rob, often sitting on the side of the street or on their motorbikes.
One tell how much they eye from top to bottom and back to top, scanning you for what you have on your person.
We were also advised that God forbid anything like this does happen, then go to a Central Police station rather than a local one as you don't know who is bribed.
The situation was extra scary because the guy in the white shirt saw us filming and went to the guys in black who seem to be the ring leader and told them. We jetted out of there and stuck to walking in the middle of the road rather on the side.
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