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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 separated get a taxi back to your hotel/apartment.
  •  check into your hotel on social media, so it’s easier to find at the end of the night
     set up a WhatsApp group to keep in touch with each other
     keep an eye on each other’s drinks to make sure they don’t get spiked
     do not let a friend walk back to their hotel alone
     do not giving a drunk person more alcohol

We can not re-iterate this enough, If you come in a group stay in a group, do not drink so much that you put yourselves in a dangerous situation, DO NOT go wandering off without at least telling someone where you are going and who you are with.

Know the name of the accommodation you are staying in so if you need help getting back some one can assist you.

We know you are on holiday but safety should always come first before drink and a "good" time.

Every single weekend we are getting "missing persons" posts, thank goodness most are not really missing as such but have just wandered off and don´t know where they are staying.

Please be sensible you would not do this sort of thing back in the UK so certainly DO NOT do it in a strange country

  • 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.
  • Street Beggars - While there are a number of genuine homeless people in Benidorm there are also a lot of scam beggars in operation including the infamous disabled man who has then been seen walking and driving a Mercedes.  Please do not give money to them unless you are 100% sure.  If you want to help then better to make a donation to a homeless charity or charity shop.
  • 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.

Carrying your Passport as ID

It is mandatory in Spain for you to be able to identify yourself, the police can stop you at anytime and ask to see some form of photographic ID.  As UK citizens do not have ID cards then this can be done by showing your passport or a valid picture driving license.

We do not suggest you carry your passport around with you, this should be kept in a safe place but a notorised copy of your passport is also a valid document and will get you out of immediate trouble, but you may still be asked to provide the original at a later date at the police station

MOBILE PHONES: Be careful how you list your personal numbers.

After a lady had her handbag stolen (Not here in Benidorm) which contained her phone, credit card, wallet, etc. . . . . . 20 minutes later when she called her husband, from a pay phone telling him what had happened, he was astonished and told her . . 'Oh gosh.. I received your text asking about our Pin number and I've replied a little while ago.' When they rushed down to the bank, the bank staff told them all the money was already withdrawn. The thief had actually used the stolen phone to text “hubby” in the contact list & got hold of the pin number. Within 20 minutes he had withdrawn all the money from their bank account.

a. Do not disclose the relationship between you & the people in your contact list. Always avoid using names like Home, Missus, Hubby, Sweetheart, Dad, Mum, etc.
b. And very importantly, when sensitive info is being asked through texts, do not respond BUT immediately CONFIRM by calling back.
c. Also, when you receive a text unexpectedly from friends or family asking you to meet them somewhere, be sure to call back to confirm that the message came from them. If you don't reach them, be very careful about going places to meet 'family and friends' who text you.

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

You will also find lots more information on all aspects of crime HERE

 

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0 # admin 2017-07-20 23:40
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 at yesterday ( meat and two veg) FULL FRONTAL also outside KFC. The streets are safe here, but these things do go on. Been here 12 days and have witnessed quite a few things, and my family members have been offered illegal substances from a shop keeper. Just be alert.
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0 # David Wyn Thomad 2017-07-21 01:40
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 corner..not one single fracas of any description. I have never felt threatened not for a moment, Nor seen anyone threatening anyone..i have however heard and witnessed the sound of laughter giggling singing and street dancing and live brass bands.
I have lived in some dangerous areas of London in my lifetime Shepherds Bush and Brixton, I worked as a 999 Paramedic in the London Ambulance Service where I did witness fights in bars stabbings assaults, robberies with violence as a routine event most weekends..Muggings a go go and burglaries insecurity, IRA bombings and race riots . HERE IN BENIDORM I have discoteched to my hearts content until I dropped....partied .. laughed and had the time of my life living as if I only have one short lifetime.True! Oh so true.
The fact that there are pea men out there and everyone gets a warning from reps not to go play their game..(on arrival !!...) and that there are pickpockets out there...Sure there are... as there are wherever there are crowds of people pushing queuing shoving in narrow Markets aisles...they are out there amongst us, for sure they are..FACT !.
So only carry the cash/change you need....and keep it in a safe place not in your back pocket..dont flash your gold rings bracelets necklesses or bulging wallets be discreet...The message is don't make yourself a target...not here in Benidorm, nor in Liverpool..Glasgow Cardiff Birmingham Dublin or Belfast wherever you happen too be laying your head. Don't be so pissed out of your tiny minds that you lose reasonable rational responsible care for your persona and surroundings and then become an opportunists victim..be sensible and Benidorm is safer than many small market towns in the UK ..That is my message...BENIDORM is what you make it...Benidorm is safe. Benidorm is fun...
Cannot recall not even one murder of a British tourist or any other nationality amongst some 3 million (minimum) visitors that sleep over in Benidorm every Summer...Benidorm is clearly even safer than flying...it really is... so enjoy ..you'll love Benidorm and return again and again ..as do 90% of visitors to this magnificent resort. You must have guessed it by now I do love Benidorm....Benidorm isn't the problem..more often than not its the kind of person who should not be left out on their own without a leash anywhere not even in a public library...that come here to party or burst that are the problem.. they are more likely to get busted and sometimes they do.. Be sensible enjoy.
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0 # admin 2017-07-21 15:42
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 of narcotic substances, culminating in the dismantling of an organized criminal fabric and with the intervention of various effects Intended for illicit activity.

As a result of the police efforts and the contacts maintained by the Delegation of Citizen Participation with Associations of the Rincón de Loix area, the Judicial Police agents began an investigation several months ago, being initially arrested three public relations of one of the leisure facilities Of the English area while making "passes" to British tourists, and apprehending a total of nine auto-wrappers containing cocaine, nine pills of ecstasy and 250 euros.

Following these arrests, the agents focused their attention on this leisure place, where drugs were being supplied directly to tourists, so several surveillance devices were established around the alleged traffickers when verifying the veracity of the information, discovering in A short space of time that was a criminal structure perfectly structured and specialized in the traffic of narcotic substances.

They distributed the drug to their clients in the restrooms of the leisure center

The "modus operandi" used by the organized group was always the same. The leader of the organization, public relations of the store, stored the drug at various points inside the premises and supplied its customers by inviting them in the street to access the interior, where they had different games of cocaine. This man was supported by more personnel of the premises, who performed functions of "pickers" of customers, sending them to the latter to carry out the transaction.

To make itself known with the sale of narcotic substances, the public relations carried in the head a cap with the inscription: MR. DUST, which in Spanish would come to say "The Lord of the Dust". The cap was turned when British tourists stared at him, beckoning for further sale.

Once the agents completed the activities related to the drug traffickers of the investigated, the device was put in place with the help of the Unit of Prevention and Reaction (UPR) of the Commissary of Benidorm, which culminated in the arrest of the members of the organization .

The arrest was carried out inside the entertainment venue, when one of the traffickers was caught in a fraganti possession of a game of cocaine when selling a British tourist in one of the baths. One of the detainees then attempted to evade the police action by saying loudly to the rest of the public relations that would throw the drug they carried on their clothes. Also one of the workers tried to escape from the police action, throwing nine bags of cocaine in the presence of the police.

After this first intervention, the operation continued, practicing the arrest of the other five members of the band, all of them local workers, as well as entry and registration at the home used by the network to hide the drug.

In the access to the interior of the house of one of the detainees, the agents seized another 21, 85 grams of cocaine, hidden in a box of light, as well as a large amount of tools and tools used by the traffickers for manipulation And distribution of cocaine.

The agents found the drug distributed in sheets for sale

In the same way and in the interior of the premises, several defenses were type "tonfa", Spray of illegal defense and iron bar.

The operation was carried out by agents of the Local Judicial Police Brigade of Benidorm, with the support of the Unit of Prevention and Reaction (UPR) of the Local Security Brigade of Benidorm, intervening a total of 71,740 euros, 435 pounds Sterling, 110 Scottish pounds, 157 cocaine wrappings, 2 marijuana wrappers, 79 ecstasy pills, 10 ampoules of steroids and multiple syringes.

The detainees, after being heard in declaration, were placed at the disposal of the Court of Instruction in charge of Benidorm.
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0 # gog 2017-10-23 01:26
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 shops,there was even one woaman giving a young boy a blow job as i was walking into my appartment outside tracies cafe,maybe a few undercover police should take a walk along there after 3 am and see for themselves, 2 of my male friends were robbed in may down that stretch they wont be doing that again we avoid that lane at night and take the long way round its a shame that we have to do that,they also hang out outside the voices after midnight although i did see the police trying to remove them,hope this helps people going there but the police are right only take out what you see and don't ware any jewery and be safe
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0 # admin 2017-10-23 01:32
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 of it is just an excuse to dip your pockets.
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0 # David Wyn Thomas 2017-07-22 00:27
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 rely on your good will...mean while you are being led down a slippery slope... they can tell you are British and that you do not know your way around... after a few seconds say15 seconds...they thank you graciously.they fold up their map and move away still chattering and probably laughing..you lose sight of them..
When you finish your drink and are ready to leave.....YOUR PHONE isn't on the table..so you go back to the previous location...or the Hotel...you are not sure anymore where you last saw your telephone...meanwhile your telephone is being offered for sale on the internet...when they folded up the map they expertly gift wrapped your nice expensive phone/camera into the map...its magic..its criminal and it happens to nice decent people like you...only to keen to help nice good looking young females out..thats the way they do it.. mainly to men...no violence, no fisticuffs, no struggles, theft by stealth breasts smiles, curves, distraction and the slight of hand of course..same way they use children to distract you long enough for an accomplice to rifle though the objects on your table and whilst all eyes are on the little girl.. You have been duped for your kindness.
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-1 # admin 2017-07-24 11:23
Police video tells Brits what to in a terror attack on holiday.

http://www.essexlive.news/police-video-tells-brits-what-to-in-a-terror-attack-on-holiday/story-30438525-detail/story.html
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