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Message posted by jensjakob on 17/6/2011 at 10:50am
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Hello,

Is it still a problem with road-bandits around Barcelona?

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Message posted by vwalan on 17/6/2011 at 1:23pm
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and madrid ,malaga , seveille. there atre lots all over spain mostly around big towns valencia is also bad.

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Thank you for the update.

Are there any links to web-sites giving a status - e.g "bandit-forecast"?


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This has been going on for years ... and not just in Spain.
percentage-wise ... you have to be pretty unlucky .
16 million Brits visited Spain last year ... about three got bandit attacks.
Just be sensible:
Be wary of other drivers flagging you down. Road bandits have been a recent problem in Spain, in particular, targeting tourists by indicating that something is wrong with the car or even by deliberately puncturing tyres. If you stop, you are vulnerable to theft or mugging. If you think something is wrong, it is best to drive on until you find somewhere safe to stop (ideally a service station).
Watch out also for people who try to distract you, such as a man who comes up to you while you are parked in a lay-by, spreads his map over your car roof , and asks for directions. While you pore over the route, his accomplice may quietly remove your partner's handbag from the front seat.

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The only place we were "flagged down" was outside Lourdes, France. There were a group of women trying to stop cars on the way in, and a group of men trying to stop cars on the way out!! We didn't fall for it!


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Kelper - Brilliant advice - even for those been travelling abroad for years - good to be reminded to keep your wits about you, which get so easily dropped when we are in holiday mode!   Thank you!



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Sorry Kelper you.ve got your numbers wrong. There were three on the site this winter who got hit. That is just on one site. Never leave your outfit alone always be on the look out when filling up,never fill up near major towns.
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Seems to be that they have quite advanced scams going on:

http://yearinbarcelona.blogspot.com/2011/06/highway-robbery.html


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We met people who had been robbed near Barcelona - a flat tyre, they pulled into the next layby, found the damage, and changed the tyre.  Whilst they were both out of the car someone (who had obviously been 'hiding' in the labyby) stole their camera, wallets, passports and other valuables from the front of the car!  They visited the local police station and apparently were told that the same day there had been 6 similar robberies or attempted robberies along that stretch of the road. 

They were advised that on any future journey only one person should get out of the car, the other should keep doors and windows locked, and the police/breakdown service should be telephoned.  However, as the report mentioned above shows, even someone who looks like he's there to repair your car may not be what he appears!


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Yes there are, my dad was driving to his apartment in Spain they stopped at a service station and had their tyres slashed. Luckily there were some Barcelona fans who helped them and even helped change their tyres. It certainly shook them up.

 


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Why does Spanish authorities allow these kinds of attacks to       happen?

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Quote: Originally posted by jensjakob on 17/6/2011
Why does Spanish authorities allow these kinds of attacks to happen?

Because British nationals still make about 13 million visits each year and most are trouble free. A few random highway robberies (which can be covered on insurance) is very hard to police when, like any police force, they have much more serious crimes to prevent and solve.


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Message posted by Kelper on 18/6/2011 at 2:17am
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Today's Diario Vasco ... a spanish newspaper covering the basque Country ... has an article on a small gang of 'road bandits' (ladrones de autopista), who have just been caught by police.
Their methodology was always the same.
They targeted foreigners, usually over 60's, who stopped at a service station and went to get a coffee/use toilets etc ... one of the gang would pierce a rear tyre.
They'd then follow the car till it stopped with a flat .... offered to help, and committed the robbery.
There's even a video of a robbery in action:
http://www.diariovasco.com/v/20110309/al-dia-local/ladrones-autopista-20110309.html

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Around Barca has been a problem for years

If you go to a Service station one of you should always stay with the vehicle.

Spain has had a few [problems but it's nothing like as bad as going through the old Jug Republic. I've seen cars up bricks at Service stops


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Yet another:

http://fendonblog.blogspot.com/2011/01/sunday-jan-23-beating-barcelona-bandits.html


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These are, however traumatic for those involved, pretty rare ... a very small number of 'visitors' ... no doubt the main roads around Barcelona may be more prone to this sort of activity ... and Madrid's environs may have slightly more risk ... though the notorious Peruvian gang were all put away three years ago.

Just make sure the car is never left unattended at service stations or lay by's, and if you have to stop with any sort of problem ... don't get out of the car if another car stops to offer help (unless clearly police ... or maybe? another car with foreign number plates?) ... and keep your car locked ... and keep all valuables out of site and, preferably, out of reach from opportunist hands.
Check all your tyres before setting off from service stations or lay by's if you have had to leave your car unattended (and locked!), or if anyone has approached the car.
Remember ... the chances of getting 'done over' by a road bandit in France or Spain are significantly lower than being run over by a vehicle in the UK, or having your house burgled.


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