Costa Almeria Living: Your Papers Please Sir

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ABOUT 12 years ago in the UK I had my mountain bike stolen from the car ports outside our apartment. A young but very pleasant WPC (Woman Police Constable) came round and asked me all sorts of questions, before knocking on every other residents door in the apartment block to enquire about the stolen bike. A couple of hours later she returned to say that nobody had seen anything, but she would log the crime and circulate the details.

 

 

 

ABOUT 12 years ago in the UK I had my mountain bike stolen from the car ports outside our apartment. A young but very pleasant WPC (Woman Police Constable) came round and asked me all sorts of questions, before knocking on every other residents door in the apartment block to enquire about the stolen bike. A couple of hours later she returned to say that nobody had seen anything, but she would log the crime and circulate the details.

About 10 years ago in the UK I had my BMW stolen from the same car port, only this time we were away at the time. When I got back there was a telephone message asking me to call the police station. They wanted to tell me that my car had been reported stolen! A neighbour had actually heard the car being driven away at speed late at night and had called the police who apparently said that unless the owner reported it stolen they wouldn’t do anything, even though my neighbour told them I was on holiday! I never got the BWM back, and nor did I see a PC or WPC… that’s right they sent someone round for a BMX but not a BMW.

I wrote in this paper recently about the effect of the recession on the crime rates, so I can hardly complain about the increased police presence that I have noticed recently on the roads… or can I?

A couple of weeks ago the car I was in was stopped by the police in Mojacar. It was Monday night, we were the only people driving down the Mojacar Playa that evening and four police decided that they really had to stop us and ask for the papers for the car. 25 minutes later they let us go on our way. In 25 minutes a thief can steal a BMW you know!

A couple of days ago it was all very dramatic. The police had totally surrounded our local supermarket. I mean it! You couldn’t get into it via road without having to pass a road block, manned by police with machine guns no less. Stopped again I was worried. Machine guns I thought, just how dangerous are these car papers that I am carrying with me that the Police seem to want to check repeatedly. Another 25 minutes, another BMW…

By Chris Marshall

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