Madrid is safe.
Madrid is a quite calm and secure city, but it suits to take cautions. It is better not to take big quantities of money cash, and to take the passport or the documentation in sure, or it is better, to leave it where you stay. The worst in the event of robbery, is when documentation and flights are taken, because you will have a good time of paper work.
We want you to enjoy this lively city therefore we will advise you to don’t take risk and follows a few tips....
Just to avoid a bad moment!
When you arrive:
After leaving the bus, metro, taxi or any public transport, be aware of your belongings. If you are carrying a laptop, keep it close to you, do not place it on the street.
Cash Points / ATMs
It is highly recommended to use a combination of cash and credit cards so you don’t have to relay in one way of payment during your trip. Check with your credit card company that you can withdraw cash from cash points (ATMs) in Spain. Check what fee will the bank charged you for the transaction.
Travellers cheque, although are a safer way to travel, are useless in spain, as most of the Banks don´t accept them.
Coffee Shop/ Restaurants
Keep your belongings where you can see them.
Hand bag, Camera, Laptop, documentation or any other value item
Don’t carry large sums of many.
Don’t carry your passport with you all the times, but have a valid ID in case that you need to purchase goods with your credit card.
You can take a photocopy of your passport. If you insist on take your passport with you, write down the number in case that its stolen.
If you lose your passport or if its stolen, you have to report it to the local police and then contact your embassy or consulate for assistance.
If you are travelling with credit cards, remember to write down the numbers in case that they are stolen.
Do not leave the Laptop where you can not see it. Bring it with you everywhere.
Wear your bags slung diagonally across your chest, try not to wear it on your shoulder.
On the Car:
Do not leave expenses goods in the car and if its possible remove the music system and take it with you.
If you travelling by yourself, do not put your bag/ laptop/ handbag on the companion seat. Locked the car.
Be aware of ploys to distract your attention by thieves, they usually work in group or pairs.
Be cautious of anyone invading your personal space or someone who keeps offering to help you.
Be most careful in:
Pickpocketing and other petty crimes are fairly common in crowded places such as the metro, bus stations and surroundings, airport, The Rastro, Puerta del Sol, around Museums, or busy streets.
If you go to The Rastro wearing a backpack, it is better if you pull it round to the front and keep it closed. Typically, theives work in pairs, one distracting the victim while the other located, and removes his /her wallet.