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sheila

Pick Pockets at Mercadona supermarket
« on: November 27, 2006 »
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  • 2 years ago, a few days before Xmas, I had my wallet stolen from my bag whilst shopping at Mercadona, Playa Arena.  I was really angry with myself because I did not have my bag zipped up fully.  Luckily no money was stolen as I kept it in a zipped place, but in my wallet with my just renewed residencia, driving licence, credit card, medical card etc were all gone, and I canquote t tell you how many hours of hassle that caused me.

    I have just heard that the thieves are at again and three unfortunate people in one day last week lost their purses the same way I did.  Ladies KEEP YOU BAGS ZIPPED UP.

    Itquote s not just in the Mercadona area where there are problems. A friend of mine had his bum bag stolen whilst enjoying a coffee at one of the bars on the sea front in San Juan, it was clipped to his chair. An even more frightening one, a neighbour of mine woke up through the night to find a burglar in his apartment.  Fortunately the burglar jumped back out of the window where he had broken in and ran off without stealing anything or harming the old couple.

    How can we protect ourselves and our property?

    Even if you do not have a dog buy a large dog bowl and keep it full of water on your terrace.  No itquote s not to give the burglar a drink, but burglars are afraid of dogs and he may give your place a miss and rob someone else instead.

    I know someone who sets up a trip line, each night made of fishing line and tin cans, very simple, until a stray cat sets it off.

    Any more ideas we can share to deter these despicable characters?

    RoyL

    Re: Pick Pockets at Mercadona supermarket
    « Reply #1 on: November 27, 2006 »
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  • Thanks for taking the trouble to post the warning Sheila. Its very easy to relax your guard when on holiday, especially after a few drinks!

    Falstaff

    Re: Pick Pockets at Mercadona supermarket
    « Reply #2 on: November 27, 2006 »
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  • We came across a gang of three pick pockets in the market at Los Cristianos a few years  ago. They were arrested by police and taken away along with a bag of purses and wallets. Later that afternoon we were waiting for the bus back to Los Gigantes when who should we meet in the queue but the same gang.  We warned everyone in the queue and the gang gave up and wandered off.  Why did the police release them so soon?

    I guess the strain on the system today with the problem of police having to contain so many illegal immigrants makes the situation even worse.

    sebastian

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    « Reply #3 on: November 27, 2006 »
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  • The problem you refer to FALSESTUFF is well known around the world and not just to the Mercadona or L.a. When was the last time you travelled into the bigger places in the world ALWAYS TAKE CARE OF YOUR BAGS AND WALLETS. Common Knowledge really

    Hibisco Lass

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    « Reply #4 on: November 28, 2006 »
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  • My son came back from celebrating his 21st last week, went to Las Americas for the night (silly I know, but they do these things at 21!) and was pick pocketed to the tune of his wallet and 115 euros - suprisingly the undercover police jumped in straight away and arrested the group involved as well as my son and his friend.  They were taken to the police station where a statement was taken and they were kept for four and a half hours (this was in the early hours of the morning).  They told the police they were from Los Gigantes and that they had no money to get home - now just remember the police had arrested the pick pocket in the process of the act so they had the 115 euros and the wallet.  My son got his wallet back, which he was pleased about as it was a 21st present - but did he get his 115 euros back - no!  Can anyone think where his money might have gone.
    If anyone would give me the telephone number or email address for the British Consulate in Tenerife I have the denuncia and would be more than happy to contact them as I feel we are not just being a victim of the pickpockets but also the police.

    gigi

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    « Reply #5 on: November 28, 2006 »
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  • Phone numbers and email etc of British Consulate are on this site
    http://www.losgigantes.com/LosGigantesTelNumbers.htm
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    GiGi

    sebastian

    Re: Pick Pockets at Mercadona supermarket
    « Reply #6 on: November 28, 2006 »
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  • They more than likely used the money for their well known XMAS fund like they do with the ammount of increased traffic violations at this time of year (without giving reciepts or any point violations) HAS THIS HAPPENED TO YOU????????

    Hibisco Lass

    Re: Pick Pockets at Mercadona supermarket
    « Reply #7 on: November 29, 2006 »
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  • Thanks GiGi for pointing me in the right direction - I emailed the British Consulate - got an immediate reply and will send a letter to the police to try and get the money back - it's not the money but the principle!