Photo: Arona Ayuntamiento.
Updated 21 November: Police say that their intensified work against illegal street vendors in Arona resulted in another 50 or so bags and wallets being seized, again in the area of the CC Safari in Playa de las Américas. The operation took place this last weekend, and saw three men run when they saw the police, leaving the goods they were selling behind.
Updated 19 September: Arona Policía Local have seized some 40 fake handbags and wallets near the CC Safari in Playa de las Américas. The ongoing campaign against street vendors in the tourist areas of the municipality is based on Article 50 of the council’s bylaws established in 2006, which prohibits itinerant sales of any types of food, drink, or other products in public areas unless with specific authorization: although routinely policed, there are periodic intensifications of focus on the practice. The current haul was made by two officers belonging to the Seguridad Ciudadana unit, and resulted in the flight of three suspects leaving the fake goods behind.
Original post 25 April: Arona Policía Turística have seized over 80 kg de goods in 15 interventions in just three days of a special operation against street vendors in the coastal paths in Los Cristianos and Playa de las Américas. The council says that it had become aware of a growth in peddlers along the whole of the municipality’s coastline and a corresponding deterioration in the image the area gives to tourists, as well as the unfair advantage such itinerant vendors have over local businesses who pay their taxes and contribute to public services.
The police operation will continue so as to enforce article 50 of council bylaws established in 2006 which prohibits itinerant sales of any types of food, drink, or other products in public areas unless with specific authorization. The bylaw does, in fact, also make it an offence to buy from such peddlers, as well as to assist them by warning of the approach of police or other authorities.
Local police councillor Carolina Reverón said that some of the goods confiscated were in fact dumped by the street vendors when they fled from the police operation in order to avoid being denounced, though none of those personally stopped or searched were illegal immigrants, and none had falsified paperwork. None the less, all were selling illegally. The goods are held in lieu of settlement of a fine of €126, though so far only one person has actually paid up and recovered his property.