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Rise in crime rate due to recession/unemployment in Lanzarote ?

Asked by: 19th May 2012

Has there been a noticeable rise in petty crime due to the recesiion and high unemployent among 18 – 25 year olds?


28 Answers

  1. jude on May 19, 2012

    why do you ask?? seems a pretty negative comment on what is meant to be a holiday destination advice forum??

  2. nigel ball on May 19, 2012

    Safety and security is an issue on holiday I thought…………….

    Just that two sets of friends stayed in P.D.C and C.T. in the last two months and both were broken into. When they reported to the police, they were told that this was occuring at least five times a day, unheard of prior to the last eighteen months.

  3. jason grace on May 19, 2012

    In that case nigel id stay at home if i was you.Friends been broken into where i live a week ago…..someone broken into in turkey….read about someone lost stuff in south africa….Thats life. Never had an issue in lanzarote but if u leave stuff around and tempt some people it might happen.

    • nigel ball on May 19, 2012

      Okay, yeah I can see it says that clearly, only apple pie and cream puff comments as a condition of use.
      Get real a forum is warts and all comments. Surely if there is an issue here, people should know and be aware of ANY thing that could possibly detract from their holiday?

  4. jason grace on May 19, 2012

    Please be aware u might get sunburn if you dont use suncream.

  5. jude on May 19, 2012

    that wasn’t the way you originally posted tho, you were asking if it was as a direct result of the recession and rising unemployment, that is an issue in any and every country in europe at the moment and could be debated for eternity, it’s not specific to holiday destinations, crime is always going to be an emotive issue and i’m not niave enought to pretend it doesnt happen but as i live in lanzarote i can most definitely assure you that it occurs A LOT less than it does in the uk, doesnt put me off visiting the uk tho!!! or posting negative comments on uk city forums asking the same question before i travel. You need to ‘get real’ as you suggested i should,as i feel you knew you were posting a statement that would cause negativity and scaremongering, people book holidays to get away from all that.
    security is of course an important issue but it is something that is up to the individual to be aware of and take the neccessary precautions about.
    right then, i’ll just get back to my apple pie and cream puffs then!

  6. mike leacy on May 19, 2012

    how do the thieves know where your friends are staying,seems a bit strange but i live on community of 65 houses and theres never been a problem,costa teguise is a lovely place to live and holiday.

  7. David myers on May 20, 2012

    The crime rate usually goes up when people leave there valuables and money lying about for the opportunist to steal

  8. Charlie on May 20, 2012

    does this mean we only have to be aware of 18 – 25 year olds? What if they are say 15 or 27?

  9. mike on May 20, 2012

    As a few people have clearly stated, security is an issue no matter where you go and what time u go, and yes if you do leave ur valuables on show then it is an initation for thieves. Other than cash, passports n documents, we have left other valuables like phones and i pods out and have never once had anything stolen and we have been coming to costa tequise for the last 7 years. If u let an issue like security stop u going away then u let the thieves win. it is a issue both abroad and at home. Costa tequise, in my opinion, is a great resort and i wouldnt let anything prevent me from visiting.

  10. larry connell on May 20, 2012

    Ok Nigel, good point and that’s it, you have got the message across, now lets bury it, people, Nigel is giving you a warning take it onboard and leave at that.

  11. SoftSolutionDesigns.com on May 20, 2012

    did your friends know about renting a safe in the rooms they stayed in?

  12. david charles hind on May 22, 2012

    Rent a safe,13€ a week 20€ key deposit in the galeon playa,but dont lose your key like did lol

  13. mike on May 22, 2012

    in response to david… its strange that u have a key for ur safe, where we stay in los zocos, there is a form of key but that stays in the safe and u have to enter ur own pin which locks and unlocks the safe. there is no deposit for a key just the rental of the safe only.

  14. gordon on May 23, 2012

    i always carry a huge safe with me on holiday, its called a suitcase, it locks shut too. any valuables get locked in whenever we leave the apmt.

  15. David myers on May 23, 2012

    Slipped up there Gordon now you have told everyone you may find the suitcase dissapears next time you leave the apmt (hope not)

  16. mike on May 23, 2012

    hi gordon, after our recent visit to egypt and seeing first hand how easy it is to get into a suitcase with a lock on and looking like its not been disturbed at all, leaving valuables in a suitcase will not stop people getting into them, thats why it is better to rent a safe out and stick valuables in there.

  17. gordon on May 24, 2012

    bummer, knew i shouldnt have said it lol

  18. Charlie on May 25, 2012

    In Lanzarote at the mo….no gangs of marauding teenagers roaming about…..few dodgy drunks from Manchester but nothing we cant deal with….perfect life in fact, come on in the place is lovely!! STOP FRETTING!

  19. david charles hind on May 26, 2012

    hi mike,been there done that elsewhere,write the pin no. down and lock it in the safe lol.need to with my memory after a few beers at broons.Seriously gordon locking valuables in your suitcase is a NO NO.You will have a problem if the worse happens as you will not be covered with any insurance.regards dave

  20. gordon on May 27, 2012

    laptops dont fit in the safes, my camera bag is a tight fit too, so its only money and documents that are put in the safe.

  21. Charlie on May 27, 2012

    Laptop fits in my safe at Sands Beach Club Gordon, try getting a notebook?

    • scragend on May 28, 2012

      The safe in my room at Sands Beach was changed on the second day I was there in March this year. The old safe was a small one which a laptop would not have fitted in, but the new one they put in instead was much bigger, and then yes a laptop would have fitted.

      I should add I didn’t use either the old safe or the new one, and I’ve still got everything I went with.

  22. andy walker on May 27, 2012

    Been to Lanzarote many times over the last 8 years & never had a problem, or seen any trouble (only from Brit tourists ). As in all foreign countries, or even at home, use a bit of intelligence & don’t make it easy for the opportunist thief. In all honesty, I feel safer walking round Costa Teguise after dark than I do in my home town!

    • scragend on May 28, 2012

      ^ agree 100% with this!

  23. gordon on May 27, 2012

    been to lanza countless times last few years and only had 1 thing nicked [a phone charger adaptor] from the celeste apmts. light fingered cleaner methinks.

  24. carole cooper on May 28, 2012

    i have visited lanzarote over 80 times and have never had anything whatsoever stolen. i always have a safe, but have taken dvd players and cameras, that do not fit into the safe. i have never heard any holiday makers say that they have had things stolen, and always get chatting to them. from my point of view lanzarote is the safest place and have never heard of muggings or theft. long live lanzarote lol