Madrid.—British music fans heading for festivals in Spain this summer, are being warned to keep their possessions safe from thieves if they want to avoid spending time with the police and British Consulates, instead of enjoying the music. A new video on YouTube contrasts the fun of festivals with victims of crime talking about how having their stuff stolen, ruined a good time. It's already attracting thousands of views. “Within a minute, we turned round, the bag was gone”, says one. “I'd been warned but you never think it's going to happen to you”, adds another, as the video shows victims who found out just how quickly and easily things can disappear.

The video was filmed during Festival Internacional de Benicassim (FIB) last year.
Dave Thomas, Consular Director, responsible for Spain, said: “Two simple steps can help you avoid becoming a victim of crime at festivals. First, don't leave your valuables behind in your tent or out of sight, even for a minute - keep them in a zipped pocket or bag. Second, treat your passport as a valuable document: if it gets lost or stolen you'll miss out on the festival while you are getting a new one to get home.”

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