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Posted: Fri Mar 8, 2019 1:43pm
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ianangel

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Location: Algorfa

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We have just moved to Spain ( since September) and have had our car broken into @ la marina and now our house burgled la finca golf 

We live on a gatted community which should give you piece of mind! But there seems to be a lack of knowledge regarding keeping safe and secure everyone of course you talk to has either been a victim or knows someone that’s been a victim of crime here, yes I know it happens all over the world but I get the impression here it’s become almost exceptable!! 

So can anyone advise how to get a neighbourhood watch scheme going or what measures your community takes to try and avoid these nasty crimes that seem to be an everyday accurence 

Yours sincerely 

Ian 

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Fri Mar 8, 2019 2:35pm

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Posted: Fri Mar 8, 2019 2:35pm

This forum covers most areas in the Costa Blanca. As I´ve posted before, this forum could be used as a virtual Neighbourhood watch information system. That is....where the crimes are currently taking place. Advice on security cameras alarms etc. I have a couple of movement detection cameras at my place, that lets me know when the cat is swanning about, friends calling, and unwelcome guests. Just food for thought? Any more ideas?

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Posted: Fri Mar 8, 2019 8:15pm

The problems with security lights are that if they are going off all the time, they get ignored by neighbours, and you've got to be in to know the lights are on yourself. For the OP, I believe, it is their holiday home which they were visiting and if someone was casing the joint, they knew there was more chance of smaller, high value items being in the house than when it is unoccupied. If they were happy to smash their way in through the shutters, they would have been pretty confident no other neighbours were at home. On Urbs like Finca Golf I think that a large number of properties are unoccupied during the winter months, and being of relatively high value, the pickings are likely to be more valuable when owners visit. Although gated, there is access over low garden walls all around. I think central station alarms are the only viable option in these circumstances.

ianangel

ianangel

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Fri Mar 8, 2019 10:11pm

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Location: Algorfa

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Posted: Fri Mar 8, 2019 10:11pm

Thank you for your reply and the useful contribution, I had an alarm and have now upgraded it to the central alarm station ( something I’d wished I was given that advice when we moved in ) as a lot on my community have stopped doing this due to costs 

We also had no grills on back of house which is open to the golf course and again I was a bit Nieve when moving in as I thought the grills was an estetic look I now know they are a security measure and will be fitted ASAP 

I’ve also added a couple of extra security measures which I won’t share on here as I honestly believe local knowledge was a big part of us being robbed 

The sad part about it apart from the obvious, we have been so busy trying to conform to living in Spain, wills, funeral plans, residency and so forth as that’s what everyone talks about we neglected the obvious in protecting ourselves a lesson for anyone moving to Spain anytime soon 

Ian 

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Sat Mar 9, 2019 4:36pm

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Posted: Sat Mar 9, 2019 4:36pm

"The sad part about it apart from the obvious, we have been so busy trying to conform to living in Spain, wills, funeral plans, residency and so forth as that’s what everyone talks about we neglected the obvious in protecting ourselves a lesson for anyone moving to Spain anytime soon"

The really sad part is that crime is highest around the urbanisation and tourist areas, for obvious reasons. We live in a Spanish town and the crime rate is very low. Although we have security grills etc, we feel a lot safer in general.

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Posted: Sun Mar 10, 2019 8:38pm

Hi ianangel,

So sorry to hear about your troubles, you've had a rough start, but ensuring you have grills on all your windows and doors is probably the best defence.  The most determined burglar could rip the grilles out from the windows, but most of this type of crime is opportunistic, so a burglar is far more likely to look at your property and move onto one that isn't so well protected.  Cameras are a good deterrent too - they don't even have to be real: a flashing light on a dummy camera could be sufficient to make the opportunistic thief think twice.

La Finca is a beautiful development; we have friends who live in a ground floor apartment there and others who live in a detached house, and neither of them has experienced anything like this.  It probably doesn't feel like it at the moment, but having looked at a dozen properties there for friends who wanted to buy a holiday home, I think you've made a great choice.

Best wishes for putting this behind you and getting on with enjoying your new life in the sun.

Kind regards,

Kim

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Sun Mar 10, 2019 8:56pm

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Posted: Sun Mar 10, 2019 8:56pm

In addition to Kim´s remarks. A good one (or two) security cameras (direct to your mobile or friends o neighbours) Movement activated, Infra-red,(day o night) sound. face detection, movement detection. about 50€ 60€. Even opportunist ladrones recognize "dummy cameras".

Worth looking at Swanncloud website for ideas.

Villas.

ianangel

ianangel

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Sun Mar 10, 2019 9:04pm

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Location: Algorfa

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Posted: Sun Mar 10, 2019 9:04pm

What a lovely reply Kim, we have had a tough time but won’t let it take away why we are here we do have a beautiful home and I believe Spain is the place for us 

Now we’ve put a number of additional security measures in place we will now crack on and make a life for us here 

Take care 

Ian 

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ianangel

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Sun Mar 10, 2019 9:05pm

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Location: Algorfa

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Posted: Sun Mar 10, 2019 9:05pm

Thanks for more useful information which I’ve taken on board 

Many thanks 

Ian 

ianangel

ianangel

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Sun Mar 10, 2019 9:06pm

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Location: Algorfa

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Posted: Sun Mar 10, 2019 9:06pm

Thanks for your comments 

Cheers

Ian 

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