Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Spain: Two British Tourists Assaulted, Robbed in Majorca

Three Nigerians assaulted two young British women on Sunday (June 17) in Magaluf, on the Spanish island of Majorca, without provocation and without saying a word to the victims. 

The assailants reportedly approached the two women, who were on vacation, hitting them in the face and pushing them to the ground, at which point they grabbed one of the victims' handbags, which contained a digital camera and nearly US$100 in cash.

COMMENT: Spanish police were able to arrest the assailants within minutes, after the women reported the descriptions of their muggers.

The next day, three Nigerian women were also arrested after assaulting a male tourist after engaging him in conversation as a deception tactic. Then, suddenly, they ripped a gold necklace from him and fled.

Both of these incidents are reminders, as a stress in my book, STAYING SAFE ABROAD: TRAVELING, WORKING AND LIVING IN A POST-9/11 WORLD, that no country is "safe." Consequently, ALL tourists and travelers must constantly be on alert and exercise proactive personal security awareness.

These incidents remind us of two key message points:

1. Always obtain international medical treatment and evacuation coverage before leaving home, as you never know when you may be injured while abroad, as most hospitals and clinics abroad will not treat the injured or sick WITHOUT advance payment; and

2. If you are a crime victim, and have lost valuable property, most insurance companies back home always require a police report in order to liquidate a claim.