Highway robbers are hitting tourists in Spain. Crime gangs target hire cars and cars with British number plates
In March 2013 the British Government issued a warning to everyone visiting Spain.
Thieves distract their victims with faked accidents or supposed vehicle problems. The gang hotspot is the AP7 motorway heading to the Alicante region in southern Spain. British consulates reported 140 robberies last year on the AP7 motorway alone.
Roadside robberies reported to the Barcelona consulate are currently running at almost 1 per day! Authorities believe that many thefts remain unreported by embarrassed victims.
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