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General Advice and Safety

Whilst L.A. is generally a relatively low crime well policed area, visitors should be aware of the scams and cons that are common in the town (and most other Spanish towns in the area).

One scam is the dumb mute scam where you are approached by someone carrying a clipboard, pointing at the clipboard indicating they are collecting for a charity and want you to sign and give a donation.
DON'T SIGN or GIVE THEM ANY MONEY, they are not deaf or dumb it's a CON.
If you observe them for long enough you will see them talking on the phone!!. They also want to check out where you keep you're wallet or purse so one of the pickpockets can bump into you later!!
If someone asks you for the time and then attempts to give you a hug, be careful and watch you handbag or wallet as that's how the pickpockets operate, and they're experts !!

Another common scam is the beggars outside Mercadona and other stores, with babies and small children displaying a cardboard sign.
If you check the handwriting on the board, it's the same on all the boards, and if you observe them for long enough you'll see them all get picked up in a luxury vehicle at the end of the day by the gang leader.

Taxis !!! DON'T USE ILLEGAL UNREGISTERED TAXIS. Go to the taxi ranks and use a proper taxi.
If you get caught using an illegal taxi each person in the taxi will get a heavy fine.

North African traders selling fake conterfeit goods.
These Illegal Street Hawkers have been removed from most of the coastal resorts except L.A.
They were removed from Torrevieca and gradually from all the other resorts right down the coast and have now all congregated in Rio Nalon (the Tourist part of town)
The Police make a token effort to remove them by occasionally walking down the strip (Rio Nalon) where the traders grab their blanket full of goods and scatter only to come back and set up again whenever the police have gone.
All the stuff they sell is available cheaper at the local markets.

Other traders freely wander in and out of the restaurants and bars dumping trinkets on the tables to entice you to buy, That's when wallets and mobiles get stolen.
Some restaurants ban them from entering, but they wander between the tables outside.
The same goes for maurading musicians playing annoying renditions of Viva Espania, the Birdie Song and
Happy Birthday. (it's always somebody's birthday)
Then you get the Fire Eaters and Acrobats doing summersaults,
(dripping sweat all over your food when they come in to collect money at the end of their show.)
So please don't encourage them by paying them or buying their goods.
All the stuff they sell is available cheaper at the local markets.

You won't find them in the Spanish part of the old town in Los Alcazares.
The Police would take immediate action and remove them from there.

NOTE: The shop and bar owners have made repeated requests to have them all removed and have been trying to organise a Traders Association to have them all banned.

So please don't encourage them !!

And have a safe crime free holiday in Los Alcázares.

Gas Scammers.
This applies more to residents or people renting long term accomodation,  fake gas inspectors posing as Representatives of Repsol or other gas companies, dressed in uniforms carrying official identity badges and paperwork wanting access into the premises to check the gas appliances or installation.
Don't let them enter you're premises!!.
Chase them, kick them out or phone the Police, be firm, they have no right to enter you're home.
Repsol, Cepsa and approved inspectors send out cards to each of their customers 5 years after the last inspection was carried out.
The two major gas distributors Repsol and Cepsa are the safest and usually the cheapest option if you do need an inspector.
Although there are a few independent authorised inspectors, each inspector is only licensed to work within a specific area. To find one check with you're local gas supplier.

Whilst current regulations state that fixed gas installations should be checked every 5 years by an authorised inspector, the user (ie) you is responsible for insuring checks are carried out and insurance companies will void any claims caused by a faulty gas installation if this is not done.
Gas fittings on items such as portable gas heaters, barbeque units and portable cooking appliances do not need to be inspected, although it is advisable to check degradable rubber elements, hoses and regulators every 5 years and replace them if required.

Transporting Gas Bottles.
Spanish law only permits the transportation of 15 kilos of liquid gas in a private vehicle.
Bottle sizes are generally 12.5 kilos and 11 kilos.
Only one bottle at a time can be transported by a private individual.
The bottle must be transported upright in the passenger position and NOT in the backseat or the boot where it can roll around.
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