I have read numerous times on other forums of people being robbed or pickpocketed in Benidorm. We have been several times and never seen anything untoward.
However we arrived on Saturday night and the last people to get on the transfer coach were a disabled lady and her husband. I had seen them earlier at the baggage carousel when the lady was in a wheelchair.
Someone stole their bag which was hanging on the back of the chair and it contained all their money and a camcorder. Yes it was a silly thing to do and no doubt they have learned a painful lesson, but I felt so sorry for them.
Next day a lady in the hotel told me that another elderly lady was robbed on the ramp outside the Presidente hotel. This lady noticed there was something wrong and went across to check on the couple to find that they had been robbed. She gave chase, but didn't catch the girl who did it.
It has really upset me that the elderly and vulnerable are being targetted in this way.
Just a warning to be aware that this goes on and to keep your wits about you at all times.
I wouldn't let this put anyone off visiting Benidorm as I've always felt very safe there. Just make sure you look after your belongings and don't have say an open bag slung over your shoulder or carry more money than you need for the day / night.
One year we stopped for the 3rd time in the Riudor,great hotel,
was the best draught beer at one time in Benidorm.
The hotel foyer is not on the road,so people took their cases,
down the incline from hotel reception,& put them against a
wall on the road.
Me & mate in bar, a woman come to us & said there is a car
driving round & stealing the cases.
Me & mate went outside,told the woman to tell reception to phone
police,we went on front of hotel,next to road.
After so long the robbers car come round,at the same time I took
notice a unmarked police car came along,we pointed to robbers car,
the police stopped them & arrested them.
she was a very good pickpocket, because she'd slipped her fingers into his wallet and removed the contents without him knowing. none of us saw a thing because we were too busy fending their hands off our private parts. he lost about £150, but we decided that we were not going to waste a full day of a much anticipated break, in the police office reporting it, so we never reported it at all, which must happen a lot.
another group of freinds just got back last week, and sadly the problem is still there, one of the guys was walking home at about midnight with his six year old son, and they still had their hands all over him, pestering him for sex. the theiving scum know no boundaries.
the police seem a bit lacklustre, but I suppose if not enough people report things then why should they care. it could give benidorm a really bad reputation, which is sad.
They wait for English tourists to walk by after a few drinks
Can I just say that it's not just British tourists they target, they have robbed a Spanish friend (of my friend in Benidorm) who posted on his facebook page yesterday, they took his mobile and his wallet with his money & CC's and he was off to the police to make a denuncia.
I can't put what he called them, except to say they were quite explicit derogatory Spanish phrases.
He was pickpocketed, mugging is when there is violence or assault with intent to rob.
When you go out in the evening only take out as much cash as you need, then if you do get robbed (which is really, really unlikely) it's not going to ruin your holiday. If it looks like you are aware of the problem and are likely to have taken precautions they will probably pick on someone else. One very obvious thing you can do is wear trainers instead of flip-flops, if it looks like you can outrun them, catch them and kick the you know what out of them they aren't going to touch you!
This morning I'm absolutely sick to my stomach with those who wear rose tinted glasses and who will not accept that Benidorm has changed.
A young man posted a few days ago in another forum about his 83 year old grandmother being viciously attacked and left for dead in broad daylight after getting disorientation and asking for directions.
He was met with the usual 'where did this happen', 'Nothing in the papers so it can't be true', 'I live in Benidorm so I'd have heard something' and the usual reply ' it happens every where in the world.'
Those people should feel thoroughly ashamed of themselves this morning....Grrrrr
Yes pick pocketing & muggings do happen everywhere in the world, but not an every day occurrence (and it seems an acceptable occurrence) like it's becoming in Benidorm, and it's not the same in some other parts of Spain either.
As usual, those wearing rose tinted glasses who will not have anything wrong said about Benidorm have got the post removed and closed, just like they did with Luci's thread in the same forum.
Personally, whilst I have defended Benidorm in the past, on my last visit I felt like I needed another set of eyes in the back of my head and there was no joy left anymore having to be vigilant 24 hours every day.
I'm supposed to be on holiday and in comparison I walked around Sydney and whilst taking the usual precautions as you would in any city, I didn't feel threatened or this uneasiness that I felt in Benidorm"¦.and neither do I feel this uneasiness where I go in another part of Spain.
Please can you say why the police seem so powerless?
I really hope that the tourist authorities in Benidorm start to take note of these threads.
i'm the first to be cynical about such matters and so is my GF and she commented on how clean and freindly the whole place is,not one person we spoke to had experienced anything like the above,people seem to forget that beni is more like a city than a resort and as such crime will happen but to scaremonger based on a very small number of anecdotal incidents does the place no justice at all,and as for powerless police,that's the biggest load of crap i've ever read on here,they're spot on,they appear well trained,well disciplined,very polite and fair,yet firm and well on the ball.
no offence meant by my outspoken tone but internet speculation will never compare to the truth,benidorm is amazing,it has its down sides,and i will be reviewing it in the right section and mentioning these in my opinion,but they are FAR outweighed by all the plusses.
as for powerless police,that's the biggest load of "swear" i've ever read on here,they're spot on,they appear well trained,well disciplined,very polite and fair,yet firm and well on the ball.
The police have their hands tied due to insufficient legislation to be able to permanently remove these undesirables off the streets, and therefore when those who are caught committing crimes appear on the streets a few hours/days later, it gives the impression that the police are inadequate.
TBH, you can't blame people for thinking the policia are " as much use as an ashtray on a motorbike" when those of us who have been visiting Benidorm every year for 15 years or more, we see the same faces on the streets in activities such as the peamen.
IMO it's going to get worse with the police numbers in Benidorm about to be cut in line with the national austerity measures, and the policia and other security services are already warning the Mayor about this"¦.petty crime such as pickpocketing (without any violence) must come low down on their list when they are dealing with such things as money laundering, drug offences, mafiosa activities and human trafficking.
However, Benidorm is important to Spain, it contributes over 5% of Spain's GDP and as such it has quite a bit of political clout, therefore you'd have thought it's in their own interest as one of the most popular tourist destinations that they would at least find other ways to make cuts instead of reducing the police numbers.?
So, having said that, why are the pickpockets, peamen and prostitutes still on the streets.? To understand a little, IMO it is necessary to read the Spanish Police forums and to study the Spanish Penal Code.
what we did see was tens of thousands of people enjoying themselves trouble free.
you say how the same people are at it year after year,how is that any different to anywhere,have you been to luton for example??
sorry but i've now been to beni 4 times in 10 years and never seen any trouble whatsover,amazing place
The brothel used to be between the Riudor Hotel & John & Josephs where you walked
down the pavement to the road below.
One year we were walking by, with one of our married sons,& he started waving at
someone.I said who are you waving to,he said that woman in that bar waved to me.
I cracked out laughing telling him what the premises was. .
Ps No I have never used the premises.
one thing we did notice was when we went to denia on the train,from altea onwards there's loads of advertising in russian,especially around calpe,i pray to god they don't get as far as benidorm in significant numbers,without trying to sound bigoted,the russians make foul,rude,miserable,overbearing tourists and in my opinion would ruin benidorm,and bring a mentionable amount of organised criminal activity with them.
I've been to Beni and not seen the peamen, but 6 weeks later when I've returned, they have been all over the place.
You haven't been to Benidorm since 2005 and those of us who have been going every year, some of us can see the changes...and yes I'm going to say since Romania joined the EU in 2007.
There is nobody who has defended Benidorm more than me, I love the place, my best Spanish friend lives there ( well Polop now to be truthful) and I've written articles defending Benidorm against those who write derogatory articles without knowing absolutely nothing about its history and why skyscrapers were built....but I'm not going to lie and say I felt comfortable the last time I was in Benidorm because I didn't, and I think I'm pretty street wise.
It's a place where they need to focus on the increase of undesirables walking the streets these days and the Spanish (I know) are saying the same thing....or as one Spaniard said to me recently" "If the British stop coming to Spain, Spain is :swear."
Can't comment on Luton, never been there and I was explaining why those who are regular visitors to Beni and see the same faces, would come to the opinion that the policia are 'useless' and your comment of
Quote :and as for powerless police,that's the biggest load of "swear" i've ever read on here.
The police ARE powerless and just as exasperated when the legislation doesn't punish these people enough.
i honestly,sincerely think that any problems seen in somewhere like benidorm are miniscule in comparison to a town of similar size elsewhere and you'd be extremely unlucky,or perhaps stupid,to suffer any problems yourself while on holiday,there's scammers everywhere,try living in a town full of albanians and west africans(i refer to my home on a greek island,not luton),there's countless problems where i live but it's rare that it causes anyone any real drama on holiday
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