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Thieves on the beach

Posted: Mon Sep 18, 2023 8:53pm
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We were on the beach beside Blondy’s Beach Bar today as usual. I was reading and my husband was doing the crossword so we weren’t looking around us. A lovely young man came over to ask if we’d seen anyone remove property from their things on the beach. We’d seen absolutely nothing so I suggested that they ask others close by. Nobody had seen a thing. Their bag with passports, phones, car keys, apartment keys , credit cards and money had all been stolen. We felt dreadful that we hadn’t seen or been able to prevent this theft. A young person spoke their language and allowed them to use her phone.  They packed up and we’re leaving when I called them over to suggest searching the bins and areas leading off the beach. This seemed to surprise them but I explained that opportunists would want to have their possessions on them incase the police stopped and searched them and there was a chance that the bag might be thrown away and worth looking for.  A few minutes later, one of the girls came racing down the beach to tell us that they found the bag with keys and passports still in it. They were jubilant and so thankful for our advice. They could now get into their car and drive to their apartment with their passports. We too were delighted for them and so glad that we’d suggested searching. 

I’m telling you this story as a warning. This happened to four young French people on the beach last year. It must be happening daily and these low lives are slick and darned good at stealing without being detected. 

Don’t bring valuables with you to the beach. Buy a waterproof pouch to keep your phone and credit card in and wear it around your neck. Do make it easy for thieves. If you are going in to the sea together. Ask your neighbour to watch your possessions. 

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Posted: Mon Sep 18, 2023 10:34pm

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Posted: Mon Sep 18, 2023 10:34pm

Very good 👍  advice. But  people  should  use a  bit  of common sense 🤔  too. Leave  valuables  at home.  Use  a  Safe if one in your  accommodation  or install  one if you own property.  Low  life always  target   people  who are enjoying  themselves  especially  when Alcohol  is involved. 

Always  be cautious ⚠️  when on a beach  with  strangers.  Yes  not everyone  is a bad  egg. Just the  minority  who cause pain for  the  decent  folks 

elinspain

Posted: Tue Sep 19, 2023 8:34am

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Posted: Tue Sep 19, 2023 8:34am

Hello

 These events are not rare, beaches are perfect places to take peoples belongings because they are carelessly left when people go in the sea or to beach bars. 

Why would you need passports, credit cards at the beach? Ive seen bags left in full view, open & abandoned for 30 -45mins, without a word to anyone closeby, all but inviting   the thieves to help themselves.

What surprises me is that people are still surprised it happens!

Cheers

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Bibba

Posted: Tue Sep 19, 2023 12:49pm

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Posted: Tue Sep 19, 2023 12:49pm

It is my impression that thief's are worse this year than previously. They used to keep to valuables, but now they steal clothing, towels, baby equipment, umbrellas/parasols and even sun hats. Anything that is easy to pick, and  from anywhere there are people around. 

It is starting to feel like a problem, especially on the beach. Being able to leave your beach-stuff is kind of a must for a really good beach experience.

When bags or wallets is taken, looking in nearby dustbins are still good advice though. One never knows.

Asking the person next to you to keep an eye on things may give a sense of false security, especially if you stay away for some time. Doesn't mean you shouldn't do it, just be aware. Chances are they still will be focused on their own experience, and the thiefs know their trade.

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Posted: Tue Sep 19, 2023 9:49pm

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Posted: Tue Sep 19, 2023 9:49pm

Never take anything to the beach that you cannot afford to lose ...!!!!!!

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Steveyjoanna

Posted: Mon Sep 25, 2023 9:01am

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Posted: Mon Sep 25, 2023 9:01am

Thieving on the beach has been going on for at least 35 years that I know of,normally a well dressed,for the beach,person ,strolls along ,sits on towel and rummages through bags etc,stands up and takes whatever takes their fancy ,strolls off,and discards anything just off the beach into a bin that would be identifiable.

Police on this occasion told the Spanish couple off for leaving items unattended and helped them find the discarded bags ,less all cash,in a nearby bin.

Sligogent

Posted: Mon Sep 25, 2023 9:17am

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Posted: Mon Sep 25, 2023 9:17am

Steveyjoanna wrote on Mon Sep 25, 2023 9:01am:

Thieving on the beach has been going on for at least 35 years that I know of,normally a well dressed,for the beach,person ,strolls along ,sits on towel and rummages through bags etc,stands up and takes whatever takes their fancy ,strolls off,and discards anything just off the beach into a bin tha...

...t would be identifiable.

Police on this occasion told the Spanish couple off for leaving items unattended and helped them find the discarded bags ,less all cash,in a nearby bin.

I  would   congrats   the Police  on  giving  a lecturer  to  people  who have valuable  stolen  on Beach.  Why  bring expensive  Jewellery  and Cash and Passport  to  a Beach.  There is in Hotels   Secure  box/Safe  and in Apartment  I have  stayed  in a Safe. They  were  put there for a Reason.  Spain 🇪🇸  has beautiful  Coastal scenery  and as in every  Country  you  get  Low life  Scum who  prefer  to Steal and make a person holiday  miserable  occasion  by  not getting  out and working  for a living.  But  never ever  bring valuable  to a Beach ⛱ 

BeniSnowbird

Posted: Mon Sep 25, 2023 11:12am

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Posted: Mon Sep 25, 2023 11:12am

I see no reason to take passports and bank cards to a beach. Absolutely silly.

Take a €50 note with you, or 2 if needed.

If it’s stolen at least it stops there…..

People not being responsible for their own actions leads to the proliferation of those tramps and scum robbing & stealing.

LEW1966

Posted: Mon Sep 25, 2023 12:36pm

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Posted: Mon Sep 25, 2023 12:36pm

Grannyrose wrote on Mon Sep 18, 2023 8:53pm:

We were on the beach beside Blondy’s Beach Bar today as usual. I was reading and my husband was doing the crossword so we weren’t looking around us. A lovely young man came over to ask if we’d seen anyone remove property from their things on the beach. We’d seen absolutely nothing so I su...

...ggested that they ask others close by. Nobody had seen a thing. Their bag with passports, phones, car keys, apartment keys , credit cards and money had all been stolen. We felt dreadful that we hadn’t seen or been able to prevent this theft. A young person spoke their language and allowed them to use her phone.  They packed up and we’re leaving when I called them over to suggest searching the bins and areas leading off the beach. This seemed to surprise them but I explained that opportunists would want to have their possessions on them incase the police stopped and searched them and there was a chance that the bag might be thrown away and worth looking for.  A few minutes later, one of the girls came racing down the beach to tell us that they found the bag with keys and passports still in it. They were jubilant and so thankful for our advice. They could now get into their car and drive to their apartment with their passports. We too were delighted for them and so glad that we’d suggested searching. 

I’m telling you this story as a warning. This happened to four young French people on the beach last year. It must be happening daily and these low lives are slick and darned good at stealing without being detected. 

Don’t bring valuables with you to the beach. Buy a waterproof pouch to keep your phone and credit card in and wear it around your neck. Do make it easy for thieves. If you are going in to the sea together. Ask your neighbour to watch your possessions. 

Very good advice.....totally makes sence

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