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Is there much crime in Catral?

Posted: Thu Jan 9, 2020 8:41am
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Mimi50

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We are looking at buying in Catral and wondering if there is much crime in the area.  Seems pretty safe from what i have read, unlike urbs near Torreveija.

RayD

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Thu Jan 9, 2020 10:56am

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Posted: Thu Jan 9, 2020 10:56am

My wife and I live in Catral and have always felt very safe here. We have a property in the campo but spend a lot of time in the town.

Late at night we have no problems walking down dark side streets and have never come across aggressive behaviour from the Spanish people.

I'm sure there is crime around, but it must be at a very low level as it doesn't affect life here.

Richard080943

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Thu Jan 9, 2020 1:53pm

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Do not worry about the crime, the crooks cannot afford waders to enable them to rob...….    Ask how many people have ben flooded out of their (illegal) homes and are waiting for insurance payout!  Beware!!

Golandrina

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Posted: Thu Jan 9, 2020 3:08pm

I live just down the road from Catral, in Almoradi, and feel so much safer here than I did in town back in the UK.   There is crime around here, just as there is all around the world, but it is so low key that you don't hear much about it.   The flooding to which Richard (above) is referring happened back in September last year and it was the first time that there had been so much rain and flooding for over 100 years!   It is not only in Catral where people are still awaiting their compensation.    

Apart from Jim's Guides on this site, there are other sites that may have answers to some of the many queries that you will have and a couple of them are:   Citizens Advice Bureau Spain website for general queries and the N332 website for anything to do with driving in Spain.   The latter is run in conjunction with officers of the Guardia Civil for English speaking people and has an English version of the Spanish equivalent of the Highway Code on there.

Spain, and the Spanish people, are so lovely in the main, but just like in many other parts of the world there are good and bad ones.   The life that you make it just depends upon on what you want and how much you are prepared to put into it.   My late husband and I moved over here back in 2005 and have never regretted it for one minute.   Just try to learn the language (even if it is only a small amount - the Spanish people also love to practice their English) and get to know people around you.

Kimmy11

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Thu Jan 9, 2020 4:34pm

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Posted: Thu Jan 9, 2020 4:34pm

Hi Mimi,

The statistics for violent crime generally is lower in Spain than the UK; petty crime, like theft, is more prevalent here.  But then it comes down to how easy a target you make of yourself.  For example, if an opportunist thief sees a row of houses, he's more likely to head for the one without rejas (grills) that's in darkness, than the one with every sign of protection and life. 

Whilst some parts of Catral were flooded in September, during the worst storm the country has seen in more than a Century, many other areas throughout the Vega Baja region were flooded too, as a result of poor maintenance of the waterways, and also the release of a large amount of water from the Santomera dam near Orihuela.  Whilst Richard080943's comments about illegal builds are, to some extent, valid please take his extreme comments about flooding with a little scepticism.  He repeatedly attempts to convince new members of the merits of Crevillente over Catral - but he's been trying to sell his house in Crevillente for the last 2 years, so I'll leave you to decide his motivation for denigrating Catral.  I don't live in Catral, so I have "no axe to grind".  We looked at property there, but the house I liked was an illegal build, so we bought in Formentera instead.

Some of my husband's family live in the countryside between Catral and Crevillente, so we've spent much time there and I've never felt unsafe.

Kind regards,

Kim

Mimi50

Mimi50

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Thu Jan 9, 2020 4:40pm

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Posted: Thu Jan 9, 2020 4:40pm

Funny enough i realised what Richard was up to, had dealings with him before and seen some of his posts!!! I know the flooding was a one off and the area im looking at wasnt affected.  Thank you.

Basil brush

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Fri Jan 10, 2020 7:39am

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Posted: Fri Jan 10, 2020 7:39am

Hi,

Catral is a very safe Spainish town.

Petty crime like everywhere happens but only on a small a scale and it may increase slightly in the warmer months when more tourists are about and leave phones/ handbags etc hung on back of chairs and tables etc .

I have never felt unsafe nor my wife in any part of spain be it a major city or otherwise and obviously we think like most people to keep our wits about us but that is all it boils down to.

The fact the police are all armed and the local teenagers seem to respect the law I think go a long way to deter crime ....apart from the graffiti that most towns etc unfortunately have .

Catral like most small towns still seem to have a homely cozy feel about them especially once you take the leap of faith and live here.

As for narrow minded Richards comments ......sour grapes seem to spring to mind and he must be one miserable sour person! 
Good luck with your search and enjoy the journey!

Regards BB

dine

Fri Jan 10, 2020 10:58am

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Posted: Fri Jan 10, 2020 10:58am

Do they say outright when a house is illegal or you havecto find out yourself?

Mimi50

Mimi50

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Fri Jan 10, 2020 11:10am

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Posted: Fri Jan 10, 2020 11:10am

Find out for yourself through a lawyer, so many agents told me houses are legal and then they are not!! Very frustrating! I come to the conclusion that they mostly all illegal.  If you need mortgage your stuffed, cash is fine but still illegal and never be able to build any more on the land.  This is my understanding.

Lister

Sat Jan 11, 2020 10:16am

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Location: Catral

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Posted: Sat Jan 11, 2020 10:16am

Assume  they're  illegal  but it will be reflected  in the price  , If your not buying  to make investment  why worry ,Beautiful  villa greatly  reduced live in it happy ever after xx

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