Crime in Benidorm
Crime happens here in Benidorm the same as it does everywhere in the world, but it can have even more of an impact when people are on holiday, make sure you are fully insured to help lessen any financial losses.
You will find all the information you need on any aspect of crime here on our website, including all the scams, how to report a crime and staying safe etc, so please take the time to read the information provide, knowledge is power.
For every one crime post that appears here, just remember that 1000´s of people holiday and live here with no incidents what so ever, unfortunately its human nature that the bad things get mentioned before the good, but your safety whilst in Benidorm is our number one concern, so it´s all about being aware.
Please take a few minutes to watch this video, which has been produced by the Spanish National Police to show just how quickly and easily crime happens.
Crimes need to be reported to the police, that is the only way we will get more police coming here in Benidorm. - Don´t sit and watch something happening and then report it on here do something to help - call 112 and report the incident. HOW TO REPORT A CRIME making a DENUNCIA
When reporting an incident make sure you get the terminology right there is a big difference in being mugged to being pick-pocked -
Mugging - The general connotation of a mugging is that the person getting mugged is harmed in some physical way or is at least threatened with injury. Often, people who are mugged get beaten up or injured with some sort of weapon. The combination of attacking and theft of personal property is important to the definition of mugging.
Pickpocketing - is a form of larceny that involves the stealing of money or other valuables from the person without them noticing the theft at the time. It may involve considerable dexterity and a knack for misdirection. A thief who works in this manner is known as a pickpocket.
If you need help and assistance with reporting a crime and making a denuncia the place to go is the S.A.T.E office.
List of EMERGENCY TELEPHONE NUMBERS If in doubt call 112 which is equivalent to 999.
There is a lot you can do to keep yourself and your possessions safe, most of which are common sense but that can be lost after 20 pints of beer or 10 large vodkas lol, so please all read this information page on KEEPING SAFE IN BENIDORM (of course a lot these tips apply to where ever you are in the world). A lot of incidents happen whilst on the beach, some tips HERE on keeping your items safe, also please DO NOT use the BEACH VENDORS, these are all unlicensed.
One of our most asked questions is about the Pea/potato men, basically just cross the road and ignore them, find out who they are and what they do and also why the police can not do more to stop them HERE
You can find our more here on SUN, SEA AND SCAMS
Be vigilant when using the ATM machines in town, always try to use the ones at the main banks, not only will you be more secure but you will get a better rate and less commission charges. Whilst on the subject of money, DO NOT use these EXCHANGE PLACES unless you are changing large amounts of cash or you will NOT get the amount being advertised.
Always be aware of who and what is going on around you especially in crowded places such as coach pick up and drop of points and markets etc, here you will find information and photos on some of the well known PICKPOCKETS.
Download the ALERT COPS APP - AlertCops is a citizen security alert system of the State Law Enforcement Authorities (FFCCSE in Spanish)
The goal is to create a universal access for every public citizen to security services, so any person, regardless of their language, origin or auditory or vocal disability, can send to the State Law Enforcement Authorities (Police and Civil Guard) an alert about a crime or security incident whether they are victims or witnesses of such.
PROSTITUTION here in Spain is treated very differently, this explains the laws and why you should not get involved as most of these ladies of the night are just there to pick pocket you.
If you are unlucky enough to either misplace or have your mobile phone stolen there are ways of TRACKING YOUR PHONE.
Information on WHAT TO DO IF YOU MISPLACED OR HAVE YOUR PASSPORT STOLEN.
If you come to Benidorm as part of a larger group, please look after each other, know where you are staying and don´t go wandering off alone, we get lots of posts about missing people, most of whom have just had too much to drink and don´t know where they are staying, but here is how to FILE A MISSING PERSONS REPORT Please drink sensibly do not become a victim of ALCOHOL POISONING or getting your DRINK SPIKED.
The Bouncers/Door staff here in Benidorm seem to be a great topic of conversation and you will find more information here on the "Benidorm Bouncers " page.
Hopefully this is something we will never need but watch this video on WHAT TO DO IF INVOLVED IN A TERROR ATTACK whilst on holiday.
There are four types of POLICE here in Spain, learn what each of their roles are HERE, and we hope this information will not be needed but here is how to MAKE A COMPLAINT AGAINST THE POLICE, themselves, if you feel you have been unfairly treated and what to do IF YOU ARE ARRESTED.
If you are a resident here you should be aware of THESE SECRET SYMBOLS, that burglars use.