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Robberies and Muggings ?

Asked by: 15th March 2011

I see from a poster on TA that there have been a spate of robberies and muggings. Does anyone have any details?


16 Answers

  1. michael watson on Mar 15, 2011

    YES—-usually happens in over priced disco bars or over priced irish bars but most of all in the excursion shops.

  2. jude on Mar 15, 2011

    i like that post! re muggings,none that i’ve heard of? are they specific to an area ?

  3. jude on Mar 15, 2011

    have just read the trip advisor post and it seems a few break ins at the ficus apartments,its something the hotel needs to sort out and also people need to report to the police then hopefully something gets done,costa teguise is generally a safe place but like anywhere people need to be aware of personal security and take the same precautions as you would in your own country.

  4. joe doc on Mar 15, 2011

    jude….you haven’t mentioned reported muggings. If you don’t mind me saying. you might find the other reply funny, but I’m sure the people assaulted and robbed don’t.

    • michael watson on Mar 16, 2011

      instead of spending your money on a holiday, have the sense of humour bypass reversed.

      • Kitty on Mar 16, 2011

        I love your sense of humour Michael – keep it up

  5. joe doc on Mar 16, 2011

    Michael, thanks for all your help and advice. I’m sure you think you’re a real fun guy. Keep on believing lol.

  6. Les S on Mar 16, 2011

    I was the subject of an attempted mugging in Arrecife in December last year. A group of three teenagers jostled me and my husband, and one of them hit me hard and tried to dislodge my camera from my hand. They didn’t succeed and my husband scared them off. I was unhurt but very shocked. This happened very soon after arriving in the capital late morning for a days sightseeing but we left immediately and returned to Puerto Del Carmen.
    I must say during the short time I spent in Arrecife I felt very uncomfortable and was approached on several occasions by strangers with a request, possibly for money although I didn’t understand them. There was also lots of groups of young black men standing about on corners in the main shopping street which felt a bit intimidating. I was very relieved to leave and although will return to Lanzarote over and over will never visit the capital again.

    • IVOR BIGGUN on Mar 19, 2011

      arrecife is as safe as anywhere else on the island, infact, with the police presence in the capital, it is the safest place on the island. with ref to displaying your camera. if you have a very expensive camera on display around your neck, you are advertising the fact you have money. you are likely to be robbed anywhere in the world if you do not take care when travelling abroad. most tour operators will advise you not to show off jewelry, cash or expensive goods.

      question??? Would you walk around your city centre in england with expensive items on display??? exactly, so why do it anywhere esle, especially if you are not familiar with the surroundings.

      I have lived on the island for a long time and i can count on one hand the number of serious incidents reported in the press involving local people. you are more likely to be robbed by other british tourists!!!!

      another fact, the vast majority of break ins that occur in hotels are by other tourists staying there. that says alot about people going for a holiday. they cannot help themselves and come to the island doing the same they do in england. SHAME ON YOU!!!

      keep enjoying lanzarote everyone, its one of the most beautiful isalnds in the world for its scenary.

      regards to all

      • michael watson on Mar 19, 2011


  7. Les S on Mar 19, 2011

    In response to the above comment, I never carry a bag or wear jewellery when sightseeing at home or abroad. My camera cost £35. Surely tourists should be entitled to carry a camera when sightseeing without danger.

    I am entitled to warn others that there is a minority of people in the area who are intent on causing harm and upset regardless of other peoples views of the area. As I said this incident hasn’t put me off visiting the Island just the City which in my opinion wasn’t up to much anyway.

    Also in my personal experience when I have witnessed robbery’s abroad it has never been by other tourists.

    A couple of examples:

    In Ibiza I watched a couple of young guys helping themselves to others belongings around the pool area. When I pointed them out to the lifeguard she recognised them as locals.

    In Majorca last October we were disturbed during the early hours of the morning by a man trying to break into the apartment below us where a young Spanish mum was sleeping with her baby. My husband detained him until security arrived and, surprise, he was a local.

    As for what English people do at home or abroad and what goes on in English cities, I cannot comment as I am not English but a perfectly law abiding Scot.

  8. michael watson on Mar 19, 2011


  9. Les S on Mar 19, 2011

    Ha Ha Michael, did I hit a nerve there. Like the capital letters. I didn’t say there was no crime in Scotland. I said I was a law abiding Scot.
    Most of my holiday experiences have been excellent thanks.

  10. Phil W on Mar 19, 2011

    I have been watching this closely as I too had a bad experience in Arrecife last year. I took a day trip to the capital as I read about the supposedly superb shopping precinct and a lagoon lined with restaurants and cafe bars, this was obviously a local joke to attract unsuspecting tourists. The percinct was littered with local males in groups of four or five watching the tourists every move, I was approached on atleast six occasions and asked for something which I didn’t know what it was as I didn’t understand what they were saying, but they all looked like real dodgy characters. As for the lagoon, well I’m not going to say much appart from don’t waste your time.
    Reference to Ivor Biggun’s comment’s, I think your name gives it away – I’ve a big one – it must be your mouth given what your talking about or maybe your one of the locals trying to attract unsuspecting tourists.
    Obviously there is always two sides to every story, I know mines is true and I have no reason to down Arrecife but I totally agree with Les S and will never visit this place again but will visit Lanzarote.

  11. Kitty on Mar 20, 2011

    The experiences of Phil and Les in Arrecife are quite disturbing to read. You were obviously genuinely scared but I feel that you were probably just very unlucky. I have been visiting Lanzarote several times a year since 1982, regularly visiting Arrecife during the day and evening, and have never had a bad experience. Seeing blokes hanging around in groups is no big deal – its what they do. Go to any town or village and you will see them passing the time chatting, or the old boys playing cards. Our car once broke down in the backstreets of Arrecife pretty late in the evening and I have to admit I was a little concerned but a group of fairly young chaps passing by actually stopped to help. We couldn’t communicate very well but they ended up giving us a push to get us going again. I have always found the locals to be very helpful especially if you give the language a go – the pronunciation may be completely wrong but you get there in the end. I can understand you both not wanting to go back – I would probably feel the same – but I just wanted to say that Arrecife is not really that bad.