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Jakarta Post

Danger lurks on busway walkways

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, April 26 2011   /  07:00 am

Recent reports of pickpocketing, muggings and murders on Trans-Jakarta pedestrian walkways have busway passengers concerned that they now have far more to worry about than tripping over beggars and DVD and bric-a-brac vendors while riding the city’s only credible public bus network.

Street vendors operating on busway walkways had plenty of stories to tell about criminal gangs and hoodlums targeting commuters.

Thirty-year-old street vendor Joko, not his real name, who sells inexpensive merchandise on a pedestrian walkway near a Jakarta Police headquarters and a shopping mall, said he often witnessed pickpockets targeting commuters, but was reluctant to try to stop them.

“We just don’t want to take the risk,” Joko told The Jakarta Post.

Regular patrols by police officers from the nearby headquarters in the area seem not to have deterred the criminals fro...