Social crisis in Tenerife as crimewaves soar

Social crisis in Tenerife as crimewaves soar

Update 23 March: One of the latest hotspots for crime is Granadilla, in particular El Médano and San Isidro. The local socialist spokesman, Jaime González Cejas, said yesterday that “the statistics speak for themselves; the red light has gone on and insecurity is out of control in the municipality”. Sr Cejas urged the current authorities to find solutions with the various police forces as well as to increase the number and restructure the command of police. In particular, he called for a Policía Nacional comisaría in the area. DA

Original post 27 August 2010: I posted recently HERE that Parque de la Reina was suffering a crime wave, and now police say that Abades is suffering the same, with 12 houses burgled even in the same street in the last 10 days. The fact is, though, that Abades is just being used as an example, with the headline HERE reading “La isla de Tenerife sufre una oleada de robos” (Tenerife suffering wave of robberies).

Local Police chiefs throughout the island say they are overwhelmed by the numbers of denuncias for thefts that they have to deal with, not just of empty premises, but now very often of premises where the owners were at home and asleep. The capital is the area most affected by the crimewaves, but this is no longer a phenomenon that can be said to be restricted to any particular area of Tenerife.

We all need to maximise our personal and household security measures. Take extreme caution when out and about, especially when near cashpoint machines and banks, and when leaving or returning to a parked car. Don’t leave doors and windows open overnight unless you have security grilles in place. Finally, make sure that you have appropriate and adequate insurance so that if the worst happens, you can at least recover something financially.

There has long been an expectation of a “social crisis” following in the steps of the economic one. It appears that it is here.

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  1. There are two inevitable consequences of an economic crisis of this magnitude, aren’t there? One is a rise in crime and the other is resentment of immigrants – even though there are still jobs that locals won’t do and see fit to leave to them! I saw this on TV during the week. It did sound like a lot of the crimes were “crimes of opportunity”… left open, etc, as you said. People who commit crime out of desperation rather than making a profession of it aren’t, necessarily, so “clever” about it. For some reason ex-pats seem to be less vigilent here than they would be living in the UK, goodness knows why. The sunshine isn’t protection. Of course, in the best of all possible worlds, there would be no crime, but there is – everywhere. That’s a fact which people need to acknowledge.

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