I felt safe and never once felt threatened by any animal or person, but as with anywhere in the world you need to be 'aware' of your surroundings. For the most part the crime is no different to what you would expect anywhere else but perhaps less violent than in the West. Keep your wits about you just as you would at home and you will be fine.
As in most developing countries there is an element of scamming; ones to watch out for are
- swapping of banknotes at the money changer; the changers know we're not all that familiar with the currency and will try to slip a Rp 10 000 note in place of a RP100 000 one.
- prices; sellers rely on our unfamiliarity with the price of goods to boost their income. Expect the initial quote to be three times higher than what the seller is willing to let it go for.
- pickpockets; they strike in crowded areas like markets. Keep your money beneath your clothing and separated. I kept mine divided by daily budget locked in the hotel, and carried amounts for morning, afternoon and evening in different (and secure) pockets while roaming the heavily populated areas.