The data from the last Criminality Balance, the official document of the Ministry of Interior which reflects the evolution of serious crimes registered in the first six months of the year, leaves no room for doubt: Barcelona is a more insecure city than Madrid. The robbery with violence and intimidation in Madrid (with 3.2 million inhabitants) have been 3,978, while in Barcelona (with 1.6 million inhabitants) they have risen to 4,314.
The images that accompany this information show an increasingly common situation on the streets of Barcelona: an assault by several people on a tourist, who is immobilized to steal his belongings and rip off his watch while he screams and calls for help. It was the victim herself who released the video to show the world what is happening in the Catalan capital, which in a few years now has become little less than a lawless city. And the Mossos even warn that things could go further in the future.
So far in 2021, the official statistics of the Interior show that Barcelona registered 336 robberies with violence more than Madrid, despite the substantial difference in population that both cities have: the capital of Spain doubles in inhabitants.
These data are prepared with the data obtained from their records by the State Security forces and bodies (National Police and Civil Guard), the security bodies dependent on the autonomous communities (Ertzaintza, Mossos d’Esquadra and Foral Police of Navarra) , and also by those local police forces that provide data to the State Security forces and bodies.
Have also been registered more penetrative sexual assaults in Barcelona (81) than in Madrid (71). In the rest of crimes, such as burglaries, thefts, homicides and attempts, drug trafficking … the gross numbers are higher in Madrid than in Barcelona. But proportionally to its population, the statistics reflect a situation of insecurity much more worrying than that of the Spanish capital.
City without law
Regarding the situation of insecurity that Barcelona is experiencing, the CSIF union assures that for some time now, political criteria prevail over the police, that shifts are not reinforced so that there is sufficient dissuasive police presence and that resources continue to be undermined with initiatives such as that of dismantling the Barcelona police anti-riot corps, an initiative defended directly by Mayor Colau although recent events have left her in a stalemate more due to the need for the service than due to a change in the political argument.
There is only one way to know how true CSIF’s suspicions are about the Barcelona City Council’s security management and that is the crime statistics of the city detailed by the Ministry of the Interior in its balance sheets.
The conclusion after reviewing these balances is that by population and by type of crimes committed, Barcelona is not exactly perceived as a safe city. From January to June 2021, the Barcelonan data seem to have improved overall by 11%, but when the data is lowered into detail, the reality is as worrying as it seems: attempted homicides, injuries and over all tumultuous brawls.
It is especially worrying that there are almost 45% more sexual assaults, 444, 58% more violations penetration, 81, and more than 40% other crimes against sexual freedom, 363. These are the types of crime that are increasing, others just do not vary and what is true is that it has decreased and a lot is thefts, but precisely as it is a crime absent of violence, it does not affect the perception of security of the Barcelonan or the tourist.