When visiting our beautiful beaches, please only take with you what you really need

There have been reports in the local English papers of a number of violent muggings in the Cabo Roig area of the Orihuela Costa

We know that there is a serious problem of mugging during the holiday periods in the commercial areas on the Orihuela Costa and we are advising residents and visitors to take particular care especially when returning from the bars and restaurants late at night.

I have asked all the local English Papers to continuously give our Crime Prevention advice throughout the summer. It is advised that persons visiting the commercial areas in the evening either return home by taxi or walk in well lit areas in large groups.

Also persons visiting these areas only take with them what they need for the evening and leave such items as documents and bank and credit cards where they are staying.

Ladies please leave your handbags behind as well. Thieves also frequent the bars and restaurants looking for easy targets to follow and attack. By not taking sensible precautions a holiday could be easily be spoilt.

Likewise when visiting our beautiful beaches, please only take with you what you really need and DON´T leave valuables in cars in view or hidden, especially house keys. If the car is hired, the address at which you are staying will be on the hiring documents and with this knowledge your address could easily be visited before you return.

The operators of the Beach Bars are there to help you and can speak Spanish and English. If there is a problem they will contact the Emergency Services for you or give advice.

Should you need to contact the Emergency Services (Police, Fire or Ambulance) you should phone them on 112 where operators can speak in English, Spanish, German and Scandinavian.

On a positive note, we have a very competent Police Force in the shape of the Guardia Civil and Policia Local. They are very fast in responding to calls and as well as there being uniform patrols the Plain Clothes Branch are also working in the areas where crimes are being committed.

All initial reports of crime should be followed up by visiting the Guardia Civil Station at Torre de la Horadada at any time or the Town Hall at Orihuela Costa on weekday mornings between 9 a.m. and

2 p.m. If you do not speak Spanish you will need to take an interpreter with you or someone who has a reasonable knowledge of Spanish, even if he/she is quite young.

Alternatively, a free translation service is provided at The Guardia Civil Station in Torrevieja which is located at Calle Patricia Zammit 52. on weekdays in the mornings. However, at this time of the year there are likely to be long queues.

On the Orihuela Costa, we have a very efficient Neighbourhood Watch Scheme which operates on 133 residencias, Laguna Green, The Beaches and a Commercial Centre.

We work closely with both the Guardia Civil and Police Local. Details can be found on www.orihuelacostavc.com. We keep our own crime records where we have groups which have shown a continuous substantial fall over the years.

Please enjoy your holiday in our beautiful part of the World and come back to us again,.
Chris Poole

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