Anatomy of theft in Spain

How are the robberies in Spain?


Spain is, according to studies and analyzes compiled by various sources, one of the safest countries in Europe. In fact, Spanish cities are characterized by their high level of tranquility. However, this does not mean that robberies and thefts do not occur on a daily basis.


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How many robberies are committed on average in Spain?


Taking into account the data from the Ministry of the Interior on crime;of the last 10 years (between 2007 and 2017), in Spain there are comments 910,618 thefts and robberies on average every year.


Specifically, they happen 196 thefts and robberies for every 10,000 inhabitants average. If we separate the criminal categories, the averages would look like this:


thefts: 707,290 cases (152 per 10,000 inhabitants).
home robberies: 126,183 robberies (27 per 10,000 people).
robberies with violence: 77,145 assaults (17 per 10,000 Spaniards).


How many robberies are there on average every day in Spain?

According to these figures, there are almost 2,500 robberies a day in Spain. Furthermore, even though Spanish cities are very safethe number of documented robberies has increased by 70% since 2007.


Which were the autonomous communities with the most robberies in 2017?


Las Autonomous communities with the most robberies son:


Catalonia: 225,498 total cases (20,615 violent robberies, 31,199 home robberies and 173,684 thefts).
Madrid: 191,953 cases in total (16,314 robberies with violence, 19,310 home robberies and 156,329 thefts).
Andalusia: 136,132 total cases (7,668 violent robberies, 24,718 home robberies and 103,746 thefts).
Valencian Community: 100,880 cases in total (5,393 violent robberies, 21,565 home robberies and 73,922 thefts).
Basque Country: 36,924 cases (1,787 violent robberies, 7,264 home robberies and 27,873 thefts).


The reality about robberies in Spain


 When accounting for thefts in Spain, it is very important to take the following into account:


Crime data is only obtained from municipalities with more than 50,000 inhabitants. In this sense, 40% of Spaniards live in municipalities with a population of less than 50,000 inhabitants. Consequently, it can be deduced that the crime data in Spain are incomplete since they only represent 60% of Spaniards. In addition, only reported cases can be counted. It is estimated that more than 30% of thefts go unreported… in cases of theft such as pickpocketing that percentage can reach 90%. That is why it is pressing file a complaint when we suffer a robbery.
Ultimately, it is estimated that the real numbers of thefts are almost double. Furthermore, this is not a phenomenon unique to Spain, but rather occurs in all countries that maintain a crime record.


That is, there is no reliable method to determine the actual number of robberies and thefts that are committed in a country.However, it is known with certainty that the figures are always higher than the official ones. For this reason it is essential to have security measures at home and in the business and be properly protected.


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The characteristics of robberies in Spain


Regarding the way to commit robberies in Spain, it is known that:


Slightly more than 90% of robberies are improvised and, in general, impulsive. Likewise, less than 10% of robberies are planned or organized. This coincides with the fact that thieves are not usually professionals. As for where the robberies are committed, things are balanced. 50% of robberies are committed in homes and homes while the remaining 50% are perpetrated in businesses. About burglaries in homes, 82% happen in chalets and houses. The remaining 18% take place in flats and apartments. Also, although it surprises many, 70% of robberies happen during the day. Thus, only 30% are committed at night. The days with the most theft are Fridays (with the dawn of Saturday) and Mondays. The months in which more robberies are committed They are January (Twelfth Night), August (summer holidays) and March (Holy Week).



How long does it take to rob a house?

The average time to commit a robbery it is from 26 to 30 minutes. Specifically, it takes:


3 minutes to break the closure of a normal door. 20 minutes to commit the robbery (spending more time is a very high risk). 3 minutes to flee the place.


As you can see, the process is quite fast. For this reason, it is essential to have security measures that detect the thief as soon as possible, such as perimeter detectors o  el access control. Likewise, it is also crucial to have systems that delay the thief as long as possible. For this, the armored doors or the safes they are good alternatives.


In any case, the recommendation is always to perform a home security exam (totally free with Prosegur)to determine which measures are most appropriate.


How is the security in Spanish homes against robberies?


When protecting against theft, in Spain the following figures are given:


There are more than 4 million houses that do not have any security measures. This represents 16% of all homes in Spain. It is an alarming fact that makes them an easy target. In turn, there are more than 11 million households that do not have a insurance policy. Therefore, more than 44% of households would not be covered in the event of robbery or theft. Almost 7.5 million Spaniards have an alarm at home and are protected. This means that 16% of the population has a reliable security measure in case of theft.


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