It’s that time of year again, where pickpockets and muggers follow the elderly and the winter sun seekers to Tenerife. Each year, the main tourist areas in the south become territory for these predators, and the National Police in Playa de las Américas always increase their presence and activity, arresting individuals and targeting the organized crime that is sometimes the cause of crime groupings.
It’s not just tourists at risk, though, and only yesterday three individual walkers were mugged on the coastal path from Las Galletas to Costa de Silencio. One was a rucksack grab, another a gold necklace snatch, and the third was a failed attempt to snatch a woman’s bum bag. All were separate incidents along the same stretch of that one walk.
Obviously the police must be informed (see HERE) but they can only do so much. There is no substitute for self protection, and police say that holidaymakers should be on guard everywhere, but particularly at the beach, in supermarkets, in bus queues, and hotels. It’s also a good idea to wear crossover bags or, as in the failed attempt yesterday, bumbags, if out walking rather than shoulder bags. And put jewellery out of sight, or leave it in a safe if out just for a hike. Be on guard.