Tips For a Safe Tenerife Holiday

Mon, April 23rd, 2012 - By Linda

This is the post I don’t want to write, partly because I don’t want to alarm, and partly because I’d like to believe that Tenerife is paradise. On the first point, there is no need for alarm. Truthfully, I feel safer here than in my UK home town. Second point, actually, I do believe that, but with a realistic perspective. Petty crime is everywhere in the world. The brighter side of crime in tourist resorts, whether Barcelona, Rome or Tenerife is that it’s largely opportunist, so let’s not provide thieves with their opportunities.

We often let down our guard on vacation, soothed by Canary Islands sun, pleasantly relaxed from wine at lunch, falling asleep on the beach, stopping at a mirador to snap La Gomera or Gran Canaria on the horizon, exploring markets in Los Cristianos or Playa de las Americas all fun times, and also times when, if you take basic and sensible precautions, you can still relax and enjoy.

Here are some tips for staying safer. They may seem obvious, but I’ve seen people from bank mangers to business executives ignore them.

1. Leave valuables in the hotel safe. You are more likely to be covered by insurance if you take steps to protect your possessions.
2. Guys – don’t put your wallet in your rear pocket, and girls, use a handbag which closes properly, make sure it’s closed and carry it across your front if you’re in a crowded place. Pickpockets hang around crowded areas like bus stops, supermarket queues, bars and markets. Island-wide, from Santa Cruz to Los Gigantes you will find a reassuring police presence these days, but these kinds of theft are often discovered too late to trace the culprit.

3. Lock the car, and don’t leave possessions on view, even when you stop for that prime photo-op. It may look as if there is no-one else around, but you won’t see a clever thief….. I speak from experience!
4. This is one which always amazes me – Ladies – do you really need your handbag on the beach or by the pool?
5. It’s always best on holiday not to wear expensive jewellery if you want to really be at ease, but if you must, then be sensible and stick to well-lit, public places, and don’t go exploring dark short-cuts.
6. Close windows when you go out, this especially for those renting apartments, and don’t leave your camera on the terrace table when you go inside to the bathroom. It only takes a minute for a thief to nip over your balcony.
7. If you are approached for directions, a light for a cigarette, or anyone begging, be aware of where your possession are.
8. Sadly, the usual warnings apply to those of you with a taste for discos and nightlife, always be aware of where your glass is, don’t accept drinks from strangers and if you suspect at all that anyone has had the opportunity to interfere with it, leave it

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When it comes down to it, all of this advice is exactly what you do at home. This is your precious, hard-earned holiday, your two weeks a year when you can wind down, and chill out, and there is no reason why you can’t do that in Tenerife if you are just sensible.

Posted : Monday, April 23rd, 2012 at 9:19 am
Category : about tenerife
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3 Responses to “Tips For a Safe Tenerife Holiday”

  1. Colin Kirby says:

    I can’t believe how many ladies go to the beach dripping in Bling – I’m surprised they can swim with that lot on.

  2. LOL – you’d think they’d be worried enough about simply losing it in the sea, wouldn’t you, let alone the possibility of it being stolen!

  3. […] There can be petty crime but that, unfortunately, comes with being an extremely popular holiday destination. As always it’s sensible to be, well, sensible about where you store anything valuable. […]

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