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