Bur­glars about

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - NEWS -

BUR­GLARS are on the prowl in Bo­cairent (in­land Va­len­cia prov­ince).

Paul Bai­ley, an English home­owner and res­i­dent for the last five years at Rincón del Cerezo ur­ban­i­sa­tion - lo­cated in the Serra de Mar­i­ola moun­tains be­tween Bo­cairent and Al­coi - told CLNews that 16 of the 20 prop­er­ties have been bur­gled over the last three weeks alone.

The re­main­ing four that have so far avoided fall­ing prey to the rob­bers are re­port­edly the only homes that are oc­cu­pied all year round - one by Mr Bai­ley and an­other three by Span­ish fam­i­lies.

Most of the tar­get­ted prop­er­ties are sec­ond homes, mostly Span­ish-owned but sev­eral be­long­ing to Bri­tish hol­i­day­mak­ers and which are cur­rently stand­ing empty.

"The last time the bur­glars came was Thurs­day night," Mr Bai­ley re­ported on Fri­day morn­ing.

"Our neigh­bours had fit­ted an alarm and when it went off they rushed out and chased the tres­passers through the for­est, but were un­able to catch or prop­erly iden­tify them.

"The Guardia Civil were called but ar­rived half an hour late, as they are se­verely over­stretched.

"It is a gang of four or more people, who empty out ev­ery­thing they can from the houses in­clud­ing tele­vi­sions, kitchen ap­pli­ances, so­lar bat­ter­ies and charg­ers, hobs from the cooker, elec­tri­cal fit­tings..."

Ac­cord­ing to Mr Bai­ley, the thieves of­ten break down doors and trash the houses, on one oc­ca­sion leav­ing all the loot out­side on the road ready to pass by and col­lect later on.

"The Camp­ing Mar­i­ola lo­cated op­po­site has also been bro­ken into three times over the last 18 months," he adds.

"We need more se­cu­rity, as it is a ru­ral area with­out mains con­nec­tion, run­ning on so­lar en­ergy and bat­ter­ies, and there is a se­vere short­age of Guardia Civil of­fi­cers."

Photo by Paul Bai­ley

A bur­gled property

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