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S’porean family robbed while sleeping in Bali villa; management claims guests did not lock door

They woke up fresh on Nov 30, expecting to head out of their villa and explore Bali’s offerings that day.

Instead, an extended Singaporean family of 12 found their four-bedroom villa in Canggu ransacked, and realised that they had lost about $3,000 worth of cash and items including bags and wallets.

CCTV footage shown by Villa Kenza to the family showed a blurry figure jumping over the low wall that surrounded their villa. A motorcycle was seen passing by the villa several times with its headlights off the same night, and a motorcycle was also seen leaving the villa.

A member of the affected family claimed that the thief had entered the villa through a faulty sliding door, but the management claimed that the door worked fine and that the family did not lock the door for the night. The family has made a police report in Bali, with a copy seen by The Straits Times.

According to Mr Redha Indra, a 28-year-old tech professional, there were nine adults, including two elderly people, and three children on the trip to Bali from Nov 25 to Dec 2.

On the morning of Nov 30, Mr Redha's family woke up to find bags and pouches opened next to the dining area with missing contents.

He said: "It seems like the thief looked through the items in the dining area... The items were all from rooms and shelves, nowhere near the dining area."

When inspecting the villa, they found that a sliding door next to the swimming pool within the villa that could not be locked. Mr Redha said the family did not know about this before the alleged burglary, as the door was blocked by a few deck chairs by the pool.

In a video seen by ST, a pair of adjacent sliding doors could not be locked with a key, regardless of how one turned the key. And after viewing CCTV footage, Mr Redha said the thief could have entered the villa through the sliding door after scaling the low wall near it.

"There was no dedicated security for the villa," Mr Redha added. "The manager only spoke to us over the phone and did not even come to see us. When she finally called, it was to question us rudely and put the blame on us."

In response to queries from ST, the villa's management, Azure International Bali, said "the information about the doors and staff (provided by Mr Redha) are inaccurate".

The company added that the sliding doors "were in perfect condition both before and after the guests' departure" and claimed "the doors were not locked by the guest at night".

An employee of the villa accompanied the family to make a report to the local police on Nov 30.

The family moved out of the villa on the same day they discovered the burglary, despite having paid for another two nights' stay.

"The theft happened when we were in the villa, asleep," Mr Redha said. "That makes it scarier as any of our children could have been abducted or any of us could have been hurt if (the thief) had weapons."