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Jakarta Post

Bekasi residents offer cash prize to catch thieves

Bekasi residents offer cash prize to catch thieves A banner reading, 'The lakeside is not safe, there are many car thieves. For those who can catch them, there will be a prize of Rp 500,000” is seen near Duta Lake in North Bekasi. (Warta Kota/File)
News Desk (The Jakarta Post)
Jakarta   ●   Wed, August 16, 2017 2017-08-16 09:00 1370 4065a5a8898c7cc661d4adf97acbbcdb 1 City Bekasi,theft,prize Free

Residents of Duta Harapan in North Bekasi have resorted to offering a Rp 500,000 (US$37) reward to anyone who is able to catch the thieves who have been plaguing the housing complex, as even security officers have failed to secure the area.   

“We are very upset because many thieves operate around Duta Lake, which is located near our residential area. That’s why we are holding this contest,” neighborhood unit (RT) head Ahmad Said said on Tuesday.  

The competition was launched in May and is open to the public. It will remain open until the thieves are arrested.

According to Ahmad, five cars have been stolen near the housing complex using the same method of breaking a window to gain control of the vehicles. Motorcycles have also gone missing, he said.

Ahmad fell victim to thieves himself when his car was stolen in April.

 “My bag [which was inside the car] held a laptop, a cell phone and money. I left the car for about 10 minutes to buy a drink,” he told

Ahmad filed a report of the theft to the North Bekasi Police, who intensified their patrol of the area.

Harapan Baru subdistrict head Pristanto said the contest was the residents’ initiative.

Residents are taking the contest seriously, putting up three banners around the lake warning people that the area had become dangerous and promoting the Rp 500,000 reward money for catching thieves.  (wnd)