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Old 7th December 2019, 01:54 PM
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Hi I am just researching moving to Spain straight after Xmas and before dreaded Brexit.

looking at he news sites it seems more crime on the costa del sol rather than the Costa Blanca would I be correct in presuming so?

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I guess there are places to avoid in both.
Wherever you live there will be opportunities for theft etc.
What may be important is to be aware and treat your security as you would in the UK.
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I have lived here on CDS for 34 years.

For over 20 years I have been a volunteer translator assisting, amongst others, victims of crime make reports.

I was a detective in U.K.

Without doubt, in my personal experience , not only is the crime rate here considerably lower here than in U.K., with the exception of those involved in serious crime, there are practically no crimes of violence against foreigners.
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The CDS has organised crime and drug gangs, which make the news. But ordinary people aren't affected.

As Juan says there is virtually no violence against foreigners. Empty houses might get robbed, if it looks like there's something inside worth stealing, but that's the same everywhere. It's why we have bars on our windows.

So I'd choose other more significant factors when deciding where to locate, such as climate, house prices, cost of living, number of English-speaking facilities (if you need them), etc.
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I would like to add:

I spend 4 hours shifts, one day a week, at a national police station in a ‘Popular tourist town’ on CDS. It is not uncommon, for not one non Spanish person to come in, to report a crime during my shift. Most Spaniards attend for non crime purposes too.

I appreciate not all crimes are reported but that applies probably in every country, including U.K. However, as most holidaymakers have travel insurance, I suspect it is more likely than not that crimes are reported, as a police report is required to make an insurance claim.


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Violent crime is for sure less but beware pick pocketing and i notice kids crash through fences to avoid paying for train tickets and traffic police turn blind eye so im not so confident about the police etc.

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I remember when I first decided to buy many years ago, I asked the local bank manager what was the crime situation, he said, "We had a major incident in the springtime, someone vandalised a telephone box," and thens laughed his head off.

Few have window bars, many leave house unlocked, vehicles are frequently left with doors unlocked and engines running. People leave their wallets, money phones on the bar whilst they use the toilets or go outside for a fag.

We do not have Policia National nor Traffic police stationed permanently on the island.

In the rare event that criminals are apprehended, we deport them to Tenerife.

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I remember when I first decided to buy many years ago, I asked the local bank manager what was the crime situation, he said, "We had a major incident in the springtime, someone vandalised a telephone box," and thens laughed his head off.

Few have window bars, many leave house unlocked, vehicles are frequently left with doors unlocked and engines running. People leave their wallets, money phones on the bar whilst they use the toilets or go outside for a fag.

We do not have Policia National nor Traffic police stationed permanently on the island.

In the rare event that criminals are apprehended, we deport them to Tenerife.
Sounds great crime wise, but for me a small island's for a holiday, not for living on!
BTW I thought Hierro was famous for being eco minded? Leaving your engine running is definitely not very "green"...
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Sounds great crime wise, but for me a small island's for a holiday, not for living on!
BTW I thought Hierro was famous for being eco minded? Leaving your engine running is definitely not very "green"...
Tourists are few, Greenies are fewer. Eco is propaganda used by the Politicos.

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Tourists are few, Greenies are fewer. Eco is propaganda used by the Politicos.
But your Politicos have at least put words into action. Unlike most places.

The island of El Hierro, 100% powered by renewable energy for 24 consecutive days

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