Safety in Yogyakarta
Like any other larger Indonesian city, Yogya has its share of petty crime like pickpocketing, especially in local city busses. Watch out for gallery scams and street sellers trying to get commission for batik. These scams tend to occur around the Kraton and Jl. Malioboro. Scammers will approach tourists and tell them about a government art centre, and will hire cheap transport to the 'genuine' gallery. If you're interested in buying batik, this isn't necessarily bad. However, keep in mind that you are, in essence, being manipulated.
Remember to use your credit card wisely. The overall level of credit card fraud is high, although the Indonesian government is fighting hard against it. Moreover, Indonesia does not have effective regulations in place to protect your personal data. Especially, when using your credit card online, consider checking the company's reputation on review platforms such as the local trustedcompany.com Indonesia to identify potential scams and stay safe.
Be cautious when walking in the city. Traffic is very brutal! You might have difficulty crossing roads and streets especially in crowded places.
An earthquake in 2006 caused severe damage. The Mount Merapi volcano looms over the city; it last erupted in 2010 causing many casualties and extensive damage.
Always travel in groups when you are travelling to or from Parangtritis beach. The long stretch between Yogya city and the beach is dangerous at night. You may get stopped by someone riding a motorcycle trying to rob you. Police stations or posts are very little on these road, and unfortunately the posts are often unoccupied. It is best not to swim too far away from the coast as the waves can be unpredictably high, sweeping you away from land.
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