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Stay Safe in Benidorm

HOW TO STAY SAFE IN BENIDORM

We often hear horror stories of people who have been robbed, conned or violated in some manner while on Holiday in Benidorm .  There are even those who set out to promote these stories in the claim they are trying to help.  In reality they are frightening people and misleading them.  They are not helping anyone.  They are destroying the image of Europe’s most popular holiday resort.

What is it that creates an environment for pick pockets, con men and the like, to exploit us?  The answer is simple.  Large numbers of people with plenty of distraction. Holiday resorts, Markets, shopping centres, concerts and the like.  The very things that describe Benidorm to a tee. That is, large numbers of people all year round and we all know the amount of distractions available in Benidorm.

But let’s look at the facts.

FACT Benidorm is Europe’s most popular holiday resort.

FALSE Benidorm has the highest rate of crime in any Holiday resort in Europe.

FACT It is not even listed in the top 10

In reality, the chances of losing your hard earned savings to a pickpocket in Benidorm is much lower than in many other Holiday resorts. HOWEVER Here are a few tips to watch out for while in Benidorm, so we can decrease those numbers even lower.

  • Safety in Numbers. If you fortunate enough to be travelling with a group.  Stay with the group.  Pickpockets and muggers look for easy targets.  At football matches there are large groups of people with plenty of distraction.  But pickpockets are rare. Why?  Who in their right mind would walk into a crowd of testosterone fired men and attempt to mug one of them?  Keep with your friends, as much as possible.  If you do get seperated get a taxi back to your hotel/apartment.
  • Do not walk home alone, especially if you are a bit under the weather. People who are drunk cannot defend themselves very well.  They become the easy target.
  • Do not carry unnecessary (wear) valuables that can create temptation to the thieves. The higher the reward, the more risk they will take to get it.
  • Beware of friendly strangers. Props at bars will carry identification.  No identification, Walk on.
  • Beware of distraction by touch. A pickpocket will often try to distract you by touching you.  When you become aware of a touch on your shoulder, you do not feel a hand in your pocket.  Typical examples, someone pretends to brush dirt off the back of your shirt or to fix your collar.  Another one is to place their leg between your legs and jiggle their leg about like it is some sort of a joke.  You stand confused while they empty your pocket.
  • Ladies either do not take a handbag out with you or carry your handbag in a manner where it cannot be easily grabbed. Do not leave it sitting on the chair beside you in restaurants etc.  Unless of course you can run exceptionally fast in high heels to retrieve it.
  • Only take out what you need for that day or night, leave the rest in the safe, have a copy of your passport and your EHIC card with you.
  • PEA MEN These are con men and most of the crowd around them are part of the gang. Between Players, Watchers and Look outs, not to mention the pickpockets in the area.  There could be as many as 30 of them in the same team.  DO NOT STOP.  KEEP WALKING.  The best way to put these people out of business is to take away their customers.  However, trying to warn others could be very dangerous.  The person you are warning could well be part of the team.  PLEASE KEEP WALKING, read more HERE
  • MEN DO NOT get involved with the street prostitutes.
  • Finally avoid dark quiet streets. Most of Benidorm´s dark quiet streets are perfectly safe.  What thief wants to sit in a street no-one walks up, in the hopes someone, who comes under the easy target category, might show up one night.  However some of these streets can be well known shortcuts to the beach etc during the day.  Strangers to the town may well use them at night as well.  If you know Benidorm, you will know which streets are safe.  If not, play safe and stay in the busy well lit ones.

If you are unlucky enough to be a victim of a crime, please report it to the police and use the SATE office to help file a police report if necessary. More help and advice HERE

You will find a list of emergency numbers HERE

 

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Shaun Davey Just to make readers aware, the last few days we have passed a tramp on the bench just up passed the flamingo oasis. Be aware of this guy as he is violent and very abusive. Today whilst walking down past KFC with my wife children and my granddaughter this guy was in full swing attacking 2 little old Spanish men. Slashing the one gentleman across the face with what looked like either a piece of glass or a thin blade. He was bleeding quite bad from the face which looked like a nasty gash. We was also flashed… Read more »

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I can only speak from 34 years experience of living in Benidorm…Having walked home from one end of Benidorm to the other tens of thousands of times in all kinds of weather at all times of day, night and even too many sunrises to count them all . In various stages of undress and sobriety.. I may add lol..I have passed millions of Spaniards and multitudes of people from all over the World..in all that time in all those occasions.. I have never personally witnessed a single robbery…never seen a street fight…never knowingly seen a drug dealer on any street… Read more »

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A criminal network in Benidorm is made up of eight people and seizes numerous doses of narcotic substance and 71,000 euros in cash. Full Story here – https://benidormaldia.org/2017/07/20/desarticulan-un-entramado-criminal-en-benidorm-compuesto-por-ocho-personas-e-incauta-numerosas-dosis-de-sustancia-estupefaciente-y-71-000-euros-en-efectivo/ And translated into English for you – National Police . An organization specialized in the sale and distribution of illegal substances has been dismantled, mainly cocaine They were perfectly organized and carried out the activity in a place of leisure of this city located in the English zone The National Police arrested eight people of Romanian, Dutch, Spanish and Pakistani nationality who were being investigated for engaging in the sale and distribution… Read more »

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i would just like to say i love benidorm and go twice a year but i am amazed with how many drunks are targeted down the yellow brick road along side of gemelos 2 apartments,we get the same apartments and when we get in at 3 am we have a coffee on the belcony and watch the women come along the lane waiting at the end for the drunk to approach,and given a blow job while they are being robbed of there money,in the morning we walk along and see all the condoms in the corner of one of the… Read more »

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If you read this page it will explain a bit more about the situation with regards to prostitution here in Spain, https://www.benidormseriously.com/prostitution-in-spain-the-law/ like everything its not as simple as it sounds to arrest them. Its important that if anyone has been robbed by these so called “prostitutes” that it is reported to the police as this is the only way the situation will get any better, but who is going to own up to being robbed whilst having a blow job, so its catch 22. All we advise is not to have anything to do with them, the prostitution side… Read more »

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Shaz… a Very common ploy used by Rumanian gangs is to be well dressed or scantily dressed clean and smart. They approach your table they smile lots chatter away joyfully in broken english and strange tongues..they spread a small street map on your table uninvited and engage with you they point to a street on the corner of the map..you look where they are pointing.you have no clue you cannot help them your new to town but even then you do look where she is pointing too, y thou want to be helpful ..that’s the way you are made they… Read more »

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