“Those who wish to bicycle should do so in groups instead of alone, especially in the evening where the likelihood of bicycle-related robberies increase. I would also suggest cyclists to refrain from bringing their cellphones or other valuables or stow it securely on their person.”
Nana also called for an increase in CCTV cameras installed on streets where the robberies took place or are likely to occur.
“We realized that the number of CCTV were short of our needs. We are coordinating with the Jakarta Provincial Administration to increase their number,” he noted.
However, Jakarta Police spokesman Chief Inspector Yusri Yunus said the public’s reporting of the crime is the most effective countermeasure.
The crime affected cyclists ranging from Indonesian actor Anjasmara Prasetya and Marine Colonel Pangestu Widiatmoko. Cycling has seen a revival as both a sport and a mode of transportation, since the Covid-19 pandemic was first detected in March 2020.
(Writer: Muhammad Isa Bustomi | Editors: Jessi Carina, Sandro Gatra)
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