Security is not a main problem for visitors that come to Spain. Recent reports of foreign consulates in Spain remarked that the vast majority of their citizens have not had troubles when visiting the country. Even though terrorism and organized crime have shaken the country in the last years, this crime modality is very unlikely to affect tourists.
Regarding street crime, its rates are lower than many other European countries being the rates of sexual assault and the use of fire arms on street robbery very low. Nevertheless, theft and robbery are present especially in big cities where pickpockets and muggers find good opportunities to act.
In general, the chances of being a victim of crime in Spain are very low; however it is advisable to take basic cautions in order to keep safe and not to attract criminals. When strolling by big cities take care of open bags or pockets, try to keep your money in a place that is not easy to reach and if possible do not take it all with you. If you carry valuable things in a backpack wear it to your front. In crowded places such as train or bus stations keep your belongings safe and do not accept help offered by a stranger to carry them. Avoid isolated places, especially during the night. Do not wear your camera or bag hanging from your arm, since it will be an attention driver for motorists who will try to grub it up.
Scams are very common in Spain, so do not trust in anyone who tries to convince you that you can acquire a lottery winner ticket or that wants to sell you a large number of banknotes for a lower amount pretending to be mentally handicapped.
In case you lose your documents, always go or call the nearest consulate of your country.
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