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Barcelona - Crime & Safety
One particular scam is to throw a liquid similar to bird droppings on a person. This person is then approached by an apparently well-meaning passer-by offering to help to clean off the offending liquid, then the victim discovers later that items are missing.
There are also areas of Barcelona that it is wise to avoid after dark, in particular the southern end of Las Ramblas, which although is not dangerous, can be dark and insecure. Other areas of Las Ramblas stay busy throughout the night and are relatively safe, bar the obvious pickpocket menace.
Should you be unfortunate enough to fall victim to a crime, the main emergency number is 112, where you will be directed to the relevant emergency service. To personally visit a police station, you need to report to the local Catalan police service The Mossos d'Esquadra, the police body responsible for dealing with crime within the city and monitoring large public events. There is a police station in Las Ramblas (where more pickpockets occur than anywhere else) which can be found at Calle Nou de la Rambla 76 - 78. Other stations for the Mossos de'Esquadra can be found here.
You can also report a crime via the internet in English at www10.gencat.net/jusinte_di/AppJava/cargacapcalera.do
You can also call the relevant emergency service direct using the following numbers:
Mossos d'Esquadra 088
National Police 091
Local Police (for local issues, noise etc) 092
Guardia Civil (for issues outside the urban area) 062
Fire Service 080
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