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Buleleng Government Security Team Finds Security Lacking at Many North Coast Hotels and Villas.

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Bali Post reports that a monitoring team from the regional government in Buleleng has discovered a number of private villas operating illegally as well as commercial accommodation providers, hotels and commercial villas lack adequate security precautions. In the view of the security team, this condition places tourism guests visiting Bali's North at personal risk.

Information provided from members of a monitoring team from the Cultural and Tourism Service, underlined an inadequate level of security. This particularly concerned the audit team as regards "Melati Hotels" and "Pondok Wisata" operating in remote areas along the coast and the backing foothills.

Speaking to the press on Sunday, September 28, 2008, I Made Sudirsa from the Buleleng Police precinct and a member of the review team said almost all hotels in Buleleng, with the exception of a few starred hotels, lack good security measures. He also said that "Melati Hotels" in Buleleng largely ignored security measures.

Sudirsa said that hotels in the North lack an adequate number of private security personnel (SATPAM), with some hotels only employing a single guard. Sudirsa said that a "Melati Hotel" should employ a minimum of six SATPAM in order to provide round-the-clock protection.

Sudirsa also said that a minimum contingent of six SATPAM ensures that hotel guests will not fall prey to a sole security guard going rogue and collaborating with criminal elements. Explained Surdirsa: "A single SATPAM, working alone, can do whatever he wants without supervision. There are many case where a sole SATPAM working alone collaborates with a thief to steal the property of a guest."

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