Just wanted to post a genuine warning to visitors to the Costa Del Sol .... We landed at Malaga airport and picked up our hire car at lunchtime. There were 7 of us children and adults we had our hire car broken into in the very busy car park at Carrefour supermarket at Estepona at 2 in the afternoon, window smashed five bags stolen within 20 mins. Not one person stopped to offer help or apparently saw anything! Security staff and police acted with complete indifference as this is according to them a common occurrence and not really worth bothering with!
During our visit to the British Consulate, to obtain emergency passports, we met another family who had lost every bag from a locked boot at a similar supermarket a couple of miles away same time of day and a young man who had been a victim of a villa scam where he and his friends had lost everything following an organised robbery.
Obviously the economic downturn in Spain has made people more desperate but this type of blatant street crime has got out out of control.
The car hire companies must make visitors more aware that they are being so aggressively targeted, simple dashboard stickers would be a start! Easy jet and other flight operators also owe their customers an enhanced security announcement prior to landing to alert them to the heightened risk.
We are seasoned travellers and have been visiting Spain for many years - but we will not be returning.
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