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Warning to residents after a series of break-ins

PUBLISHED: March 20, 2013 at 2:32 pm  •  LAST EDITED: March 20, 2013 at 3:55 pm
Andalucia, Lead2, Malaga  •  10 Comments

Warning to residents after a series of break-ins

• Mario Blancke

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A RESIDENT’S association has issued a warning to villagers to be on their guard after a spate of burglaries.

There have been five burglaries in the last month in Alcaucin sparking calls for homeowners to step up security.

Mario Blancke, association spokesperson, said: “We have been concerned for some time now as we saw a lot of break-ins towards the end of last year and over Christmas.

“It went quiet for a while but this passed month they have started up again.”

Mr Blancke added: “We are asking everyone living in Alcaucin to keep an eye on their properties and those of neighbours in their absence.”

On two occasions the burglars were frightened off, once by an alarm system and another time by the owners of the property who were inside at the time.

It is hoped that the incidents can be prevented by villagers looking out for each other and installing alarms.




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March 20th, 2013 7:24 pm

It is hoped that the incidents can be prevented by villagers looking out for each other and installing alarms.

Might be prevented if the Guardia Civil did some crime patrols instead of sitting at roundabouts trying to collect some traffic fines.

Tony Bishop

March 21st, 2013 2:43 pm

I would agree with you except for one thing. The responsibilities of the Guardia Civil do not include carrying out crime patrols in villages.

They are responsible for patrolling rural areas, but that does not include villages.

On the other hand, they oversee the enforcement of laws pertaining to highways.

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March 21st, 2013 4:53 pm

Since when did wikipedia become the new guide to the law in Spain? Can we edit it and add some new laws lol?

Tony Bishop

March 22nd, 2013 4:00 pm

Fred, I know and you know, or at least should know, that Wikipedia´s description of the RESPONSIBILITIES of the Guardia Civil is a far cry from Wikipedia setting itself up as the guide to the law in Spain.

But feel free to offer a contribution tn that entry if you think you know any better. If in the highly unlikely event it is accepted, I will immediately stop referring to it.


March 31st, 2013 4:45 pm

With respect to others, I see the Guardia Civil patrolling local back lanes during the early morning and during the night. Like all rural areas, the fact you don’t see them doesn’t mean they are not there.

Unlike the UK, Spain has so many tracks that can be used by those committing burglaries. Patrolling all of those is not possible.

I am in touch with Mario Blanke. He does take a serious view on the situation and he’s right. Be more vigilant and keep your property secure.


April 5th, 2013 11:22 pm

Creo que un sistema de camaras de vigilancia puestos en lugares estratégicos a una altura adecuada serviría para detactar los vehiculos que han pasado a la hora de los robos y poder acabar con el problema. Más que pedir que cada vecino ponga una alarma, ¿por qué no se plantean instalar un sistema de cámaras de vigilancia en los accesos más importantesd el municipio? Solamente habría que echar un vistazo tras un robo para ver quien ha pasado por allí…

Tony Bishop

April 6th, 2013 7:39 am

Sergio, in the town where I lived in the UK, like many others, they had a system like the one you suggest.

Unfortunately they would have needed a camera on every street corner in order to detect every robbery. Wise burglars know the location of all cameras and make their choices accordingly.


April 7th, 2013 7:18 pm

Sergio hace un punto bueno, debemos probar todo.

Tony, this is not the UK, burglers here do not expect the unexpected. They are opportunists. Sergio makes a good point. The police can only do so much. If we have cameras in unexpected places, we might just get lucky.

Tony Bishop

April 7th, 2013 11:42 pm

Ian,just think abut the town where you live. N

Now think about those “unexpected places” where you could put a camera and reduce burglary rates. Choose the wrong place and the local media will have a field day. “Waste of taxpayers money”.

Then think about the financial constraints that would be imposed on such an exercise.

Those are the types of practical and political questions that the police and councillors have to answer in any oountry, be that Spain, Germany, the USA, Australia or the UK.

Not easy questions I know, but they reflect reality.


April 14th, 2013 8:13 pm

The media will always say, a waste of taxpayers money, but it’s not the media that will suffer. They just write what sells!

Doing nothing is unacceptable, being positive is a step in the right direction. We don’t need to be told what will not work, we need to be told what we can do to help!

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