Guest Post: Parting Wisdom. A Look Back At Eight Years of Crime in Barcelona

September 3, 2012 4 Comments

By Stuart, longtime contributor to Robbed in Barcelona It has been eight years in Barcelona, almost to the day, but I’m off back to Scotland. Not because of the atmosphere and robberies, which I’ll come to soon, but because of the economic situation. It has been fun, though clearly this issue which really needs...

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Update #1 On Our “Tell The Mayor” Feature

August 31, 2012 9 Comments
Foto: L'Agència Catalana de Notícies

Our “Tell The Mayor” feature has proven popular, to the shame of everyone associated with this website. Some 41 submissions have come through the site between January 18th and June 30th 2012. (There have been 10 since then, so far.) We have submitted these testimonies to the Mayor’s office and we will now contact...

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Guest Post: Thief Pulls Down Trousers To Prove Innocence

August 29, 2012 5 Comments
Photo: Oh Barcelona

Guest post by Robbed in Barcelona contributor, Matt I have been in Barcelona for the past week and my first experience of the thieves was when I was with a girl on the beach outside Opium. Her bag was stolen containing her camera and all her holiday photos and after two hours of searching...

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RiBCN Asked to Help UK Holiday Programme

August 27, 2012 No Comments

A BAFTA award-winning production company, TwoFour, based in London is making a new TV holiday series, which includes a segment about people who have experienced a holiday nightmare and are happy to talk about what went wrong. They wish to cover a range of issues faced by British holiday makers – from filthy accommodation...

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Foreign Students Record Video About Robbery in Barcelona

August 24, 2012 5 Comments

A group of foreign students have produced a video in Spanish, warning locals and tourists about the dangers of pickpocketing and bagsnatching in the city of Barcelona. It’s evident that the girls who appear in the video are students of the Spanish language, which gives the video an endearing quality. Even if you don’t...

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Maria Mas: More Police Scares Tourists, Won’t Reduce Crime

August 22, 2012 10 Comments

The vice president of the neighbourhood association of Casc Antic, Maria Mas, does not want so many police dedicated to stopping street crime in her neighbourhood. She claims that there are no more violent robberies in her area than in other areas of Barcelona and therefore, the area doesn’t deserve special attention. Casc Antic...

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“Robbed in Barcelona” (Gently) Enters Popular Culture

August 20, 2012 No Comments

It gives us some pleasure to be mentioned in a book. It means we’ve reached a certain level in popular culture that says we get thought of, considered, rated. It’s a good feeling. It doesn’t quite surpass the feeling of those daydreams that have us placing a pickpocket’s head between the closing doors of...

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Local Government Innovates, Targets Wrong “Delinquents”

August 18, 2012 7 Comments

Catalunya’s local government, via its train system “Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya” (FGC), has been innovating. They launched a new app on July 26th allowing passengers via their smartphones to report other passengers for acts such as travelling without tickets, playing music loudly, or for producing live music. Among other things, the app...

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Goldie Pluckin’ Chain

August 15, 2012 5 Comments
Foto: Hilda Tong

Gold chain thievery is in vogue in Barcelona. Over the past two weeks we have been sent a number of first person accounts about gold chains being plucked from necks, and bracelets from wrists. We hear about bag snatching, pickpocketing, robbery on the beach and robbery on the metro system, but face-to-face chain snatching hasn’t come...

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SuiteLife’s Five True Stories to Help you Avoid Pickpockets in Barcelona

July 20, 2012 No Comments

As we look over Barcelona from our perch in RiBCN towers, we see a thousand people, a thousand buildings and a city in action. We think of the wonders we could unleash if we were able to harness the energy of the people below, the business therein, the connections thereof, the energy inherent. But...

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Barcelona’s Thieves En-Route to London for Olympics

July 19, 2012 No Comments

Our Facebook group has been busy over the past 48 hours with updates from our fans/friends about a recent BBC report they had seen. The article and video in question, which can be seen here, is entitled “Olympics: Pickpockets show off ‘one-second theft'” The accompanying video, shows the Ronaldinho technique in action, something we’ve...

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PickPocketMap, a Review

June 12, 2012 1 Comment

This is the second post in our mini-series of sites set-up to counter pickpocketing in our cities. Yesterday we covered “Robbery Maps“. Today, let’s look at “PickPocketMap“. The website compares other pickpocket hotspots, such as London, Paris, Madrid, Rome and Prague and compares and contrasts them by showing the increase or decrease in reported incidents in...

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Robbery Maps, a Review

June 11, 2012 2 Comments

Robbed in Barcelona took our fight to the internet. We could have learned karate and gone vigilante, but we prefer a good quality psychological battle. Another web initiative that took the battle online...

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Spanish TV’s Callejeros Cover Bag Snatching on Barcelona’s Beaches

May 16, 2012 4 Comments

The ever-brilliant Callejeros on Spanish TV channel Cuatro ran an episode called “Al Ladron” (“The Thief”) in their seventh season. As you can guess it was centered on Barcelona, and more specifically on the beach area of Barceloneta. They also cover the story of the now famous Iliana who goes after pickpockets with whistles and hands...

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Fake Police Rob Tourist of €855, They’re Arrested. What Happens Next?

May 14, 2012 7 Comments
Foto: Oliver Miranda

Catalan daily publication Ara had a story yesterday (May 13, 2012) about a trio of Romanians posing as police and robbing tourists in Barcelona. They were dressed in blue jackets, caps and had walkie-talkies, which they used to speak with a pretend control room. Of the three, only two dressed as police. The third...

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Our Facebook Group Continues to Record Crime in Barcelona

May 9, 2012 3 Comments

May 1st a mobile phone and a cut knee. May 4th a mobile phone snatched in Parc de la Ciutadella. May 5th a bag and camera whipped in Placa Catalunya. Our Facebook group – I know someone who got robbed in Barcelona – continues to act as a repository and gathering point for the...

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Flickr Photos Show The Human Face of Barcelona’s Victims #6

May 7, 2012 No Comments

This is the sixth in a series of six posts – published each Monday for six weeks – showing the human face of pickpocketing, bagsnatching and robbery in Barcelona, through photos found on Flickr. Post one was here. Post two was here. Post three was here. Post four was here. Post five was here....

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Was an ATM Card in Police Possession Used in Attempted Robbery?

May 2, 2012 8 Comments
Foto: chris8800

On Friday, we published an exclusive story entitled “Tourist catches thief… tourist thrown in jail,” which was much commented upon. It was a lengthy piece by our guest contributor, Kristina, and in the midst of the article was a component we feel was overlooked. The article detailed an incident in which a tourist who...

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Flickr Photos Show The Human Face of Barcelona’s Victims #5

April 30, 2012 No Comments

This is the fifth in a series of six posts – published each Monday for six weeks – showing the human face of pickpocketing, bagsnatching and robbery in Barcelona, through photos found on Flickr. Post one was here. Post two was here. Post three was here. Post four was here. Above photo by Original...

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Victim Says Hospital Failed Her to Conceal Barcelona’s Shame

April 27, 2012 12 Comments
Foto: iglesiaspilarin

Guestpost by Suzanne M. This is my story of how I was mugged and mistreated in Barcelona. I was with two female friends walking back to my hotel after dinner on our second day in town. I wanted to take a taxi but my friend said she was sure the neighborhood was safe. Big mistake....

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Barcelona Victim Publishes Moroccan Criminal Phone Numbers

April 25, 2012 10 Comments
Foto: Chris8800

Guestpost by Eli. I am saddened to read about all the bad experiences on this site, but heartened to see that people are not browbeaten by these scumbags. I, too, was robbed of my bag recently. Having first approached a policeman on a moped who just shrugged and drove off, I was advised by...

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