Due to recent incidents of terrorist attacks in Europe, many holidaymakers are concerned about the heightened risk of travelling in Europe.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) Travel Advice, constantly review the threat to British Nationals. There are currently no restrictions or guidance notes against travel to Spain and the Canary Islands. When travelling abroad you should check the FCO’s travel advice. The FCO current guidelines (1/8/2016) are as below:
“International terrorism remains a serious threat to British nationals living or travelling overseas. Attacks can occur anywhere in the world, usually with little or no warning. Terrorist attacks abroad will continue to target western interests, including British tourists, travellers and expatriates.
There is considered to be a heightened threat of terrorist attack globally against UK interests and British nationals from groups or individuals motivated by the conflict in Iraq and Syria.”
Over 12 million British Nationals visit Spain each year and the vast majority of these visits are incident-free. Tenerife is a relatively safe place to visit, the main risk is falling victim to petty crime and street crime.
To finally arrive at your holiday destination after months of planning and preparation is a wonderful feeling but that can vanish all too quickly if you fall victim to petty thieves.
Unfortunately, when we are in a holiday destination our usual caution may lapse and we can be easily caught off guard. Professional pickpockets and thieves target tourists as they are more relaxed and become easy targets.
The majority of people who visit Tenerife are not victims of pickpockets or thieves, yet gangs and individuals do operate on the Island as in all other holiday hot spots.
Be aware when you arrive at the airport. Professional thieves usually operate in teams of two or more and will look out for potential victims when they arrive at Tenerife South Airport or at one of the many tourist attractions on the Island. They also target hire cars so ensure you remove all valuable items from your hire car and put any clothing etc in the boot of the car to avoid the car from being broken into. Make sure you carry your passports, money and personal belongings in a safe place and do not leave them unattended at any time.
How can you prevent being their next victim and what do you need to know?
Below are some safety tips:
Thieves and pickpockets employ various techniques to catch you out which are well used and successful. Avoid being their next victim by taking note of some of the warnings below.
The number for any emergency in Spain and Tenerife is 112. (police, fire & ambulance)
In the tourist resorts, English speakers are usually on duty.
If you have been a victim of crime you must make a report (“denuncia”), to the police. You will need to produce a copy of the “denuncia” if you make a claim against your insurance company for any items which have been stolen.
Policia Local. The local town force who deal with relatively minor issues such as traffic control and protection of property.
Cuerpo Nacional de Policia. Deal with slightly more serious crimes than the Policia Local. They are usually the point of contact for robbery, street crime etc in urban areas.
Guardia Civil. The Civil Guard has the greatest powers and is responsible for general policing in rural areas. They deal with serious issues such as anti-terrorism, weapon control, drug smuggling etc.