Soria, Palencia and Salamanca are the provinces where thefts in the most expensive shops in Spain occur, according to the report Thefts in shops. 2020 data prepared by Somos Seguros, an initiative for the dissemination of the insurance culture launched by Unespa. Specifically, the average amount of robberies in shops in Soria stood at 2,286.5 euros, while in Palencia it was 2,016.3 euros and in Salamanca, 1,849.8 euros on average, according to the study. On the other hand, Albacete (596.5 euros), Teruel (687.5 euros) and the Balearic Islands (797.72 euros) were the provinces with the lowest average subtractions.
The text also includes the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the measures that were established to deal with it. In 2020, the number of robberies is reduced during the months of March to June, while as of the summer, robberies experience a certain intensification in their number, to the point of being above the seasonally adjusted path in the months of September and October. Subsequently, “probably in response to the measures to combat the second wave”, they descend again.
In absolute terms, the most populated provinces are those with the highest number of incidents. However, if the number of robberies committed is compared with the total number of insured businesses, it is discovered that the provinces most likely to witness this type of crime are Guadalajara (+ 163.2%), Zamora (+ 52.34%), Ávila (+ 46.51%), Huelva (+ 44.63%) and Toledo (+ 43.03%).
On the other hand, Albacete (-45.49%), La Rioja (-40.13%), Huesca (-39.01%), Alicante (-34.77%) and Santa Cruz de Tenerife (-33.62% ) are the provinces with the lowest probabilities.
The outskirts of Madrid, most likely to be robbed
The study makes a comparison municipality by municipality in which it is evident how businesses located in towns on the outskirts of Madrid have the highest probability of being robbed. Among the top 20 positions in the ranking are ten names from Madrid: Parla, Leganés, Alcalá de Henares, Valdemoro, Móstoles, Coslada, San Sebastián de los Reyes, Fuenlabrada, Pozuelo de Alarcón and Getafe.
In addition, if the cost of the thefts is analyzed, the Madrid towns continue to stand out. The most prominent business robberies that occurred in 2020 occurred in San Sebastián de los Reyes, where the average compensation amounted to 10,432 euros. Behind, Arona, in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, with an average compensation of 3,834 euros, and Valdemoro (Madrid) with 2,671 euros on average. In this ‘top 20’ there are also Getafe (2,006.12 euros), Móstoles (1,876.31 euros), Las Rozas (1,867.18 euros) and Fuenlabrada (1,662.65 euros).
Finally, it reveals that the smallest towns —That is, those with less than 10,000 inhabitants and, especially, those that do not reach 5,000 residents — are those that have greater problems with robberies in stores, according to Unespa in the statement.
Specific, their probability rates “are significantly higher than those of larger municipalities”, as is the average amount subtracted and the impact that the visit of the thieves has for the merchants, that is, the relationship between the compensation paid by the insurance and the capital insured in the contract.
The conclusions of this report are the result of analyzing the information provided by 17 insurers. In total, the consequences of 18,500 crimes that occurred in Spain and compensated by the insurance have been taken into account.