If you are coming over for to spend Christmas in Spain, may I remind you to be very aware of potential thefts and be cautious. I, myself was mugged in Puerto Banus on Saturday. I was in McDonald’s with my daughter with my bag sat on my lap. They quickly snatched the bag from my lap. We were due to go to London this week but haven’t been able to because my passport was in the stolen bag. Unfortunately, I had brought everything out with me that day. Inside the bag was my mobile phone, a purse with all my bank cards, my house keys, car keys and a ticket for the car park where my car was parked.
Ironically, just a couple of weeks ago someone in Zara Ladieswear shop, again in Puerto Banus, had tried to distract me to attempt to steal my bag. She was trying on a coat and asking for my opinion whilst I was trying on shoes with my bag on the floor. My instincts told me that she was ‘acting’ so I quickly moved on and I spotted her doing the same with other people. They employ all kinds of tactics and prey on preoccupied shoppers.
Haven spoken to friends, they have informed me that they have heard of many similar incidents recently. So, I would advise anybody coming out at Christmas to take heed of the following:
- Only carry the essentials with you.
- Do not bring too many cards with you.
- Ladies, carry your bag with the strap across your chest and do not put it down anywhere.
- Parents with young children should not hang bags with purses etc inside of pushchairs and prams.
- I appreciate that you will be on holiday and enjoying the festive spirit but be wary of peculiar types who try to strike up conversations with you. It is better to be rude than robbed.
- Keep a list at hand with all your banks’ phone numbers in case you are robbed and need to call them to cancel your cards.
- Try to distribute valuables amongst your party i.e. don’t have one person responsible for carrying everything.
If you are robbed, you should immediately go to a police station to do a denuncia. They will ask you exactly what has been lost and will make a report. You will be given a copy of the denuncia. If you are in the Costa del Sol and need to go to the British Consulate the address is Consulado Reino Unido, Calle Mauricio Moro Pareto, Malaga. The phone number is 952 352 300. If, for example, your passport is stolen they will help you get back to the UK. For more information see www.ukinspain.com.