Police entrapment3 Replies
I have just spent the past two weeks travelling around Albox, Huercal Overa, mojacar and surrounds. I hired a car from Malaga Airport. I immediately noticed tht my hire car had obviously benbroken into on at least two occasions despite the fact that it was only a year old. Both the driver's door and the tailgate had been jemmied open at some point. I note too that the majority of house have metal bars at their doors and windows. How bad is crime and burglary in the area to justifiy the "Fort Knox" appearance of so many properties. I would also add that during the fortnight that I was in the area I do not think that I have been stopped so many times for no apparent reason by the traffice police, who seemed to be omnipresent whenever I drove off of the motorway. Over the period of two weeks I think I must have gather a set of finger prints on my driving licence and hire documents for just about every traffic cop in Spain! The drill seemed to be that you were stopped immediately yo came off the slip road, made to produce your identity and car documentation and this was then followed by an inspection of the vehicle, including the necessity to open your boot. What is the reason for such vigilance on the part of the police. I was told by some ex pats that it is in an attempt to thwart crime, in that if you were found with a television, hi fi, computer and a box of jewelley in your boot questions would undoubtedly be asked. However, my informants told me that the police are furthering the crime in that whilst they have you at their mercy they will invariably find some excuse to "milk the motorist". At one pooint I was fined 200 euros (a amount which quickly reduced to 100 euros and then to just 50 euros - provided that I did not want a receipt! No touble guessing where that 50 euros finished up! I had been fined for "driving without due care and attention - a catch all if ever there was one. I was told that bcause of the likelihood of being stopped and fined by the police (and the threat of having your car clamped if you do not pay up on the spot) that most drivers now travel round with 200 euros in cash in their glove compartment or concealed elsewhere in the car. Apparently the thieves know this and are breaking into cars for this very reason. Hence by the police taking advantage of this "stop and search" to line their own pockets, what they are actually doing is increasing the levels of crime that they are supposed to be curtailing. Other opinions and experiences would be appreciated.