Reporting Burglaries to the Police

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27 Oct 2015 10:03 by stableford Star rating. 44 posts Send private message

I have been given to understand that a burglary that needs reporting to the police (eg for an insurance claim), must either be done by the owner in person (with a translator present if the owner does not speak Spanish), or by the owner's lawyer, who must have an appropropriate power of attorney. The inference is that the burglary cannot be reported by say a key holder who is not a qualified lawyer etc. Is this correct?


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27 Oct 2015 14:42 by Tadd1966 Star rating in Los Montesinos. 1755 posts Send private message

stableford I believe the rules are very similar to the UK

If an neighbour noitces a house that has clearly been burgled or damaged or dangerous of course they can report it, best not to enter the property though and should contact the polcie immediatley. The police will need to contact the owner or the legally registered property management company

Using illegal key holders (especially if you are paying them a fee) may be an issue as they are not insured, licenced and could easily be the prime suspect. If you do use key holders legal or not always best to declare these to your house insurer

“The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance; it is the illusion of knowledge”

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27 Oct 2015 16:27 by johnzx Star rating in Spain. 5247 posts Send private message

I have report a crime to the Guardia Civil.

A friend was sailing in a small boat to USA.  He got an email to say that his father's car (father was at the time in UK) had been stole from in front of his house.  No problem with me making the report.

Although not all crimes can be reported,   a burglary, theft, criminal damage etc. can be reported on 902 102 112, in English, and then signed at any National Police Station.  The report will be in Spanish and depending on your clarity of speech, and the interpreter’s ability, it can be a correctly written report.  

But be aware. In Spain one cannot make a crime report anywhere but in a police station, i.e. not to a police officer who attends a crime scene, 

In addition, of course one can report a crime which has been committed in Spain (or anywhere) to the police in the UK.  It will then be forwarded via INTERPOL.   You may find that the officer at the desk is not aware that you can but if you have a problem insist that officer contacts a senior officer for advice.    I have arranged for a man in Wales to report a burglary in Spain in that way.

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