CRIME report finds a third of the crimes registered in the province of Alicante in 2016 were committed in Vega Baga.
The latest Crime Report of el Ministerio de Interior affirms Torrevieja as the most insecure city in the province, with an exceptionally high and increasing number of robberies.
The report highlights the number of murders, but this figure was halved in 2016, with 15 cases compared to 30 in 2015. Of these, more than a third were registered in Vega Baja (2 in Orihuela and 4 in Torrevieja).
The number of robberies with violence has increased by 4% and the number of robbery with force in homes has increased by 3.7%.
There has also been an increase in the number of motor vehicle thefts by 0.7%.
General theft figures dropped by 2.6% and the number of criminal damage cases decreased by 3.2% – from 9,933 cases in 2015 to 9,619 in 2016.
Of the province of Alicante, Torrevieja is the municipality with the highest number of robberies with force in homes. Last year, Torrevieja registered 978 cases of robbery with force, in comparison to the city of Alicante – which has triple the inhabitants of Torrevieja – where 839 cases were registered.
In 2013, the City Council of Torrevieja launched a city-wide CCTV system that has helped to secure the arrest of many offenders thus far.
On average, there are three robberies with force in homes a day in Torrevieja.
Holidays mark the perfect occasions for thieves, according to data from the security sector and Spanish locksmiths will have carried out at least 110,000 lock changes to targeted homes by the end of this year.
Research has revealed 80% of the locks installed in Spain are obsolete, mainly because they were installed 25 years ago or more. If you are concerned about the security of your home, make an appointment with a local locksmith firm.