Guadalajara, Zamora, Ávila, Huelva, Madrid, Seville, Soria and Zaragoza are the Spanish provinces with the highest probability of robberies in shops, especially on Mondays. By contrast, Albacete, La Rioja, Huesca, Alicante, Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Vizcaya are the least. This is clear from the report Theft in shops, with data from 2020, the year of the pandemic, prepared by We are Safe at the initiative of UNESPA, the insurance employer.
Soria, Palencia and Salamanca, the most expensive robberies
For their part, Soria (2,286 euros), Palencia (2,016 euros) and Salamanca (1,849 euros) are the provinces where thefts in the most expensive shops in all of Spain occur. Visits from friends of others in Barcelona mean compensation of 1,511 euros, in Madrid of 1,342 euros and in Valencia of 1,038 euros. The minor economic blows occurred in Albacete (596 euros) and Teruel (687 euros).
The pandemic and confinement reduced robberies from March to May
The emergence of the Covid-19 pandemic and the measures established to deal with it, including confinement, altered the traditional distribution of robberies throughout the year in 2020, which was an atypical year. “During the spring months (March, April and May) there were fewer thefts than expected due to the limitations imposed on mobility. The crimes were concentrated in the months prior to the pandemic (January and February), the summer season and the autumn “, highlighted from Unespa.
Crime was concentrated in the months leading up to the pandemic (January and February), the summer season, and the fall
In absolute terms, the most populated provinces are those with the highest number of incidents. However, if the analysis is carried out in relative terms – that is, if the number of robberies committed is compared with the total number of insured businesses – it is discovered that the provinces most prone to witnessing this type of crime are found in the two Castiles , Madrid and Andalusia.
The metropolitan area of Madrid, the most prone to robberies
A comparison municipality by municipality shows how businesses located in towns on the outskirts of Madrid have the highest probability of being robbed and robbed, the report details. In fact, 10 names from Madrid appear among the top 20 positions in the ranking. They are Parla, Leganés, Alcalá de Henares, Valdemoro, Móstoles, Coslada, San Sebastián de los Reyes, Fuenlabrada, Pozuelo de Alarcón and Getafe.
The most prominent business robberies that occurred in 2020 occurred in San Sebastián de los Reyes. There the average compensation amounted to a striking 10,432 euros. The second place went to Arona (Santa Cruz de Tenerife) (3,834 euros) and the third place for Valdemoro (Madrid) (2,671 euros).
18,500 crimes that occurred throughout Spain
The conclusions of the report The robberies in shops. 2020 data is the result of analyzing the information provided by 17 insurers. In total, the consequences of 18,500 crimes that occurred throughout the national geography and compensated by insurance have been taken into consideration.
More likelihood of robberies in towns with fewer than 5,000 inhabitants
The study also reveals that, beyond the specific territorial distribution, the smallest localities (those with less than 10,000 inhabitants but, especially, those that do not reach 5,000 residents) are those that present the greatest problems with robberies in shops.
Their probability rates are significantly higher than those of larger municipalities, as is the average loot that friends of others take away and the impact that their visit has on merchants (that is, the relationship between what indemnified by the insurance and the capital insured in the contract).