El diumenge mentre llegia el diari (el Sunday independent) en el suplement de viatges vaig veure el seguent en un reportatge sobre Barcelona:
"Good to know: Hold on your wallet as the city is known for pickpockets, particularly in the Las Ramblas region".
Sembla que la imatge de Barcelona en quant a seguretat i/o delinquencia no es pas gaire positiva en el cas de la nostra capital. Paral.lelament hi havia un altre reportatge sobre Varsovia i Cracovia i nomes de la primera en deia que calia anar amb compte amb els taxistes.
Per curiositat he posat al google "Barcelona danger", m'he quedat esperverat:
M'han sortit 1,260.000 entrades, tot just entrant a la primera se m'ha caigut el Sant al cel.
http://www.jones.tc/barna/scams.html (no us la perdeu)
Us en copio una de les moltes perles:
"I was aware of the crime situation before I went to Barcelona this week…..but it still happened.
I was sitting at the tourist bus stop with my wife, at Port Olympic, 3pm. no-one around. man comes up to bus stop, speaks to us in Spanish, something about the hospital. We both ignored him, muttered 'only speak english' and that was it. 30 seconds later, a bus stops. the man asks the driver something, driver gestures to bus stop further along the road. The bus doors closed, then opened gain. a lady and the driver shouted to us 'your bag, your bag'. during a few seconds looking at the guy speak to the bus driver, someone (who we never, ever, saw) put their arm under the back of the bus shelter and took my wifes bag. camera, phone, purse etc gone.
I got up to chase them, but couldn't eevn see who to chase. probably just as well. I shouted at the guy at the bus stop ' you're involved', he turned and disappeared. I couldn't comfront or go after him, and leave my shocked wife alone. we had to let it go.
I was amazed it had happened. We limited the cash we'd been carrying, kept the bag with us on the bus etc. One lapse and that was it. When we went to the police, they said come back later, 9 people here already! If they used decoys, they could do something about this. I had the impression they weren't interested, and as long as they issued a police report, it was a case of go see your insurance company. We went back in the evening, and saw 7 other couples in the time we were there. All tourists, and bags snatched.
Worse still, having got our police report, walikng home up La Ramblas, a prostitute 'flashed' a breast at me. I was with my wife(!) and completely ignored her, but another ran up behind me, grabbing at my groin. It was all made out to be light hearted fun, but I know that as she distracted me by trying to rub my groin, her other hand was on my back pocket. Fortunately, I had learned, and my money was in my top shirt pocket. Almost twice in a day!
I'd say, beautiful city, but until the police show an interest, take your tourist money elsewhere. "
Contributed by Andy Keates on 11 May 2006
El motiu d'aquest post es simplement la sensacio d'inseguretat a Barcelona pels turistes (tambe pels no turistes), tant sols pel que fa a que en qualsevol moment et puguin aixecar la cartera , malgrat sovint pugui anar mes enlla d'aixo. Per la zona del centre, ben sovint es dificil veure la presencia de la guardia urbana, mes encara quan se sap que aquestes coses passen tant i tant. Si Barcelona vol seguir manetnint l'estatus de ciutat puntera a Europa i seguir sent tant attractive, cal que tothom se senti segur en aquesta ciutat, turistes i locals.