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Posted January 7th, 2013 - 3:33 pm by from Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel (Permalink)

This story happened to me on Barceloneta beach, Barcelona, last week..just two days after Sylvester 2013.

I took this video because i was almost robbed by these two guys an hour before taking the video:
- one of the guys in the video struck me as if by accident and then tried to gain my attention by saying pardon - he seemed suspicious to me so i looked to see if my bag is OK - at that moment i saw the other guy already holding my bag, ready to run with it.. he looked at me and decided to run away without it.. the two of them disappeared running, not before i managed to see how they looked like.
an hour later i saw one of them riding bicycle on the promenade. and then again the two of them preying for a new victim..
being a safe distance from them i took my Sony PMW EX3 HD Cam and shot the whole scene of them-trying to steal a bag from another tourist on the beach!!
it seams in the video that some other tourist saw it and managed to save the bag and chase them away.
I'm not sure exactly what happened there -if someone can recognise himself in the video an explain i'll be glad (including the two thieves:-)

so where was the Spanish police all that time?
after i was almost robbed i went to a group of 5 policemen who where standing near the beach drinking coffee. unfortunately none of them spoke English and didn't have the motivation to catch thieves that day. they advised me to go and report a theft in the police station if i was robbed.

I hope this video will emphasise how easy it is to get robbed in Barcelona..
You really should take care of your stuff, especially if someone suspicious approaches you.
don't count on police or other people around to stop it..
These thieves are real athletes - they're not too smart but run quickly -don't expect Spanish policemen to run after them.

**Don't leave your stuff unattended in the city or when you go for a swim down at the beach. It'll disappear.
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Posted January 8th, 2013 - 5:28 pm from Barcelona, Spain
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Posted January 8th, 2013 - 6:51 pm by from Barcelona, Spain (Permalink)
This is a well known fact. Every people who lives here know that if he/she leave a bag in the beach...it is difficult to hope to find it again...Said that...Barcelona is a safe city.