There is an increased police presence during the summer months

There is an increased police presence during the summer months and crime figures are down for this season.


The number of crimes committed in the Balearic Islands fell to 67.5 offences per 1,000 inhabitants in the third quarter of this year compared to 68.4 in the previous quarter.

Government representatives are hailing the reduction as a victory, because the third quarter includes the summer months when there’s more tourists and seasonal workers on the island.

But the reality is that the crime rate in the Balearic Islands is the highest in the country and well above the national average of 46.7 offences per 1,000 inhabitants.

59,973 criminal offences per 1,000 inhabitants were committed in the Balearics during the first nine months of this year, up 6.8% compared to 2018 according to the latest data from the Ministry of the Interior.

The crime rate decreased in Ibiza but increased in Majorca, Minorca and Formentera.

National Police detained 426 people in Playa de Palma, mostly for theft, gender violence, drug trafficking and threatening behaviour.

Crime was down by 10.3% in Magalluf during the summer of 2019 and there was a marked decrease in the number of robberies in the area.

125 Labour & Social Security Inspections were carried out in Magalluf this year and 277 infractions were recorded for food security, tobacco sales, and work regulations.

148 infractions were also recorded during 31 inspections in Sant Antoni de Portmany and Platja d'en Bossa in Ibiza.


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Richard / Hace over 2 years

Mike, please read Mr Little’s comment. Anyone who has lived here for some time, like apparently you have, only refer to “locals” as people who were born and bred here, and previous generations as well. You have no idea where the culprits are from, only that they look “foreign” and don’t speak English. I think an apology is called for.


Mike / Hace over 2 years

In the unlikely event I need to justify my comments to you I will , but on this occasion when you have 2000 euros worth of damage done too your front door 🚪 and frame 3000 euros worth of property stolen , the guardia civil making 3 arrests in the town because the thieves are that dim they were using a tracked Apple iPhone they decided to keep ? and most of my property was recovered at the same address me having to go to court ,and then after conviction seeing them still in the same house THEN THATS HOW YOU KNOW ITS LOCALS ! If you live in the area just hope they don’t pay your property a visit .


John Little / Hace over 2 years

Of course its not locals ie Mallorcans. There are very few poor Mallorcans, everyone has a family who has land. It is foreigners coming in following the money. Some may 'live here' for a while but they are not locals. East europeans, north africans( arab) and southern saharan africans seem to be the main culprits. Local crime is mainly drugs and it depends if you want to call La Paca, El Chicle, El Ijo locals or not.


Richard / Hace over 2 years

Mike, please answer my question.

David, I agree, but obviously some readers don’t.


Martin / Hace over 2 years

See a lot of thieves checking in 50 inch TVs at the airport?


David / Hace over 2 years

Most of the thiefs are not local, they come from the mainland or abroad in summer.


Anton / Hace over 2 years

"59,973 criminal offences per 1,000 inhabitants were committed in the Balearics during the first nine months of this year."

Those 1000 inhabitants have sure been busy boys!


Richard / Hace over 2 years

Mike, please explain, if you can, by what you mean by “locals”.


Mike / Hace over 2 years

Most of the crime is committed by locals around the hotels the crime rate in calador is out of control hotel security is non existent and it doesn’t take brains to work out that no sighns of forced entry means keys are being used my security is so tight that I have captured hotel contractors trying to gain access to my property with keys when the hotel was challenged they said he mistakenly thought it was one of our properties my property is unmistakable as it is different in every possible way ,


BRITBABE / Hace over 2 years

Lots of facts and figures here, making the islands sound like a bad place to be. It would be interesting to know how many of these crimes were committed by residents, holiday makers or illegal immigrants.