Was Your Bicycle Stolen on January 23rd, 2012? We Have Photographic Evidence.

January 26, 2012 4 Comments
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A “Robbed in Barcelona” contributor has sent us a photo he took on January 23rd, 2012 of three individuals he believes were stealing a number of bicycles. We’ve put a thin black strip across the eyes of the three, but if your bicycle was stolen that morning on the corner of Carrer del Comte d’Urgell and...

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Robbery in Barcelona Airport Leads to Passenger Missing Flight and Suing Ryanair

January 25, 2012 5 Comments
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As reported in Público (which doesn’t seem to like Ryanair much), a resident of Granollers outside Barcelona, had his wallet stolen whilst in Barcelona’s El Prat airport in April 2011. In his wallet was his DNI, or national identity card, which he was relying on to identify himself for his upcoming flight from Barcelona to Valladolid....

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New Robbery Technique: Drinks, Nicks and Leaves

January 23, 2012 6 Comments
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Thanks to “Robbed in Barcelona” collaborator Don Simon for informing us about this new scam, first seen in the wild this month in Barcelona. Don’s friend tells us his story in his own words: “I was in this bar, just having a beer, and this boy who looked like Michael MacIntryre was in the...

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Barcelona Loses Conference to Lisbon. Delegates Fear Robbery.

January 20, 2012 8 Comments
Foto: Guille Mendia

Perhaps the Mayor will pay attention to this story, because it affects the pockets of the hotel owners in Barcelona. Barcelona lost visitors, Mr Mayor, it lost visitors, bednights, airport taxes paid, taxis hired, beers bought, trinkets purchased. It lost money. Why? People were afraid of being robbed in Barcelona. Here’s the story, from...

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Victims: Tell Barcelona’s Mayor About Your Robbery Experience

January 18, 2012 10 Comments
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We now provide a service – free of charge – to visitors and locals alike, whereby we send your account of your robbery experience to the Mayor of Barcelona so that he is informed about it and can take appropriate action. Please fill out this form. Often a response is received from the Mayor,...

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Car Owners in Barcelona Fight Robbery with Psychology

January 16, 2012 2 Comments
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You own a car. You park it near you home. You know it’s vulnerable. It’s been broken into before. You leave nothing on the back seats, you remove the stereo, there’s no money visible, but still it gets broken into, the window smashed. What do you do? Do you try some simple psychology, maybe?...

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Barcelona’s ‘First’ Contactless Payment System Raises Concern and a Joke

January 13, 2012 9 Comments
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Major credit card payments provider Visa and local Catalan bank La Caixa have partnered to launch Europe’s first citywide contactless payment system in Barcelona. More here. Quick-thinking tweeters have asked why a new one is needed when the world’s best contactless payment system – pickpocketing – is already so popular here? Whilst technological developments...

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“I Rob a Bicycle Every Day.” A Robber Speaks. Tactics Revealed.

January 13, 2012 No Comments
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Longtime “Robbed in Barcelona” collaborator Summer Fingersmith provides us with a story (*.pdf) written before most of you were born–March 2005–from El Periódico, entitled “I rob a bicycle every day.” The article highlights that back in the day two out of every five cyclists in Barcelona had had their bicycle stolen at least once. Further, for...

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Locals Sent Hundreds of Christmas Cards to Mayor to Complain About Crime

January 11, 2012 3 Comments
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An initiative by “Platform Raval per Viure” has seen Barcelona’s new mayor Xavier Trias receive hundreds of identical Christmas cards. The cards display a “letters soup”, a puzzle containing various words – 12 in total – such as “Robatoris” (Robbery), “Prostitucio” (Prostitution), “Drogues” (Drugs) and “Sorroll” (Noise). They group says the words describe what...

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An iPhone Stolen in Barcelona Turns Up in Pakistan

January 9, 2012 10 Comments
Image courtesy of Google Street Maps

Barry visited Barcelona in October 2011 and had his black iPhone 4 stolen. Nothing unusual so far; we have at least 550 criminal incidents here every day. He went to a local police station and gave his details, but on returning the next day the police informed him that he hadn’t followed procedure–he hadn’t made...

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Six Robbers Arrested for Robbing Fans at Celebration of FC Barcelona’s Victory Over Real Madrid

January 3, 2012 3 Comments
Foto: David Poblador i Garcia

As reported in a recent La Vanguardia article, six robbers were arrested at a recent FC Barcelona celebration after their victory against Real Madrid. See the article here. There are few details, but it illustrates that the scourge of petty robbery no longer only affect tourists and foreigners in this city. Celebrating fans of...

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In Their Own Words. Tweets of Victims Robbed in Barcelona #3

January 1, 2012 No Comments
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Here are a bunch of tweets we’ve encountered, the majority we’ve retweeted to our followers (@RiBCN). We’re including them here on the blog to preserve them from posterity. Clicking on the tweet leads to the author’s profile. The period below covers – in reverse chronological order - September 20, 2011 to December 01, 2011. [See...

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Revealed: Our Website Visitor Numbers for 2011

December 31, 2011 No Comments
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So, how much informing, revealing and embarrassing did we do in 2011? (Our aims are listed here.) Robbed in Barcelona has been on Facebook since March 10th 2010, but only since April 7th 2011 have we published on this site. Since then – less than nine months – we’ve had 34,638 unique visitors to this...

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Be Vigilant for Robbery Symbols Outside Your Apartment or Building

December 30, 2011 9 Comments
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Barcelona apartments are frequently supplied with A4 information sheets to pin to communal noticeboards. The sheets are usually supplied by locksmiths or removals companies to ensure their phone number is on-hand should someone in the building need it. In addition to their own phone numbers, the sheets list useful numbers such as those of...

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Guest Post: “The Unmistakable Screams of the Freshly Robbed.”

December 28, 2011 No Comments
Foto: Antonio García Rodríguez

The following is the first-hand account of a robbery in Barcelona in 2001 – yes, they were doing it back then too – this time the guy decided to do something about it. Enjoy! today i saw a bag snatching happened about 20/30 yards in front of me 2 guys on a motorbike the...

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New Barcelona Robbery Technique: “The Free Hugger”

December 27, 2011 1 Comment
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As first reported by “Corporate Travel Safety” over here, there’s a new technique in play* on Las Ramblas and the surrounding streets. We’re going to give it a nifty title: “The Free Hugger.” (Thanks to Donal for telling us about it.) (* Yeah, yeah, we know you’ll all come on here now and say you’ve...

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It’s Christmas. “Treat Your Mugger Right”, we’ve been told. What do you think?

December 23, 2011 No Comments
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We guess the season of goodwill has had an effect on some of our followers… A contributor to “Robbed in Barcelona” on Facebook has suggested that victims should treat their assailants more kindly, pointing to an event that took place in New York in 2008. “Julio Diaz has a daily routine. Every night, the...

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TV Interviewer Robbed Mid-Interview on Camera in Barcelona

December 21, 2011 1 Comment
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You couldn’t write this stuff, really. Sitting in front of Mercat de Santa Caterina in Barcelona, a TV interviewer (on the left of shot) interviews a street musician. Mid-interview (about 30 seconds in), the musician lifts his head… he’s seen something…

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Italian Artist’s Sketchbook Stolen in Barcelona. All That Remains of his Work is in this Video.

December 19, 2011 No Comments
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(Article updated below to include new commentary from Lorenzo.) Italian artist Lorenzo Barbieri had his sketchbook, along with his laptop, stolen when he was in Barcelona. All that remains of his skill and dedication is this short video shot during an impromptu meeting with another visitor to the city in Parc Guell. Len, the...

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In Their Own Words. Tweets of Victims Robbed in Barcelona #2

December 18, 2011 No Comments
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Here are a bunch of tweets we’ve encountered, the majority we’ve retweeted to our followers (@RiBCN). We’re including them here on the blog to preserve them from posterity. Clicking on the tweet leads to the author’s profile. The period below covers – in reverse chronological order - September 1, 2011 to September 14, 2011. [See...

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In Their Own Words. Tweets of Victims Robbed in Barcelona #1

December 17, 2011 2 Comments
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Here are a bunch of tweets we’ve encountered, the majority we’ve retweeted to our followers (@RiBCN). We’re including them here on the blog to preserve them for posterity. Clicking on the tweet leads to the author’s profile. The period below covers – in reverse chronological order – April 22nd 2011 (when we started) to...

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