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The United States Department of State has issued a mild word of caution to Americans wanting to travel to Spain because of the terrorist attack that occurred in Madrid in 2004. The attack consisted of a bombing on the public commuter train system.
The United States government believes that traveling to Europe carries a small level of risk, and as long as tourists are cautious and avoid dangerous situations they should be safe while traveling.In terms of crime, the levels in Spain have remained relatively low when compared to other European nations. About one million tourists from America alone visit Spain each year, and most of them do so without any type of problem. The most common types of crimes that tourists might endure are pick-pockets and possibly being conned out of a small amount of money.
The best way to ensure that a tourist will not become a victim of crime in Catalonia is to remain a smart traveler… do not carry a wallet in a back pocket and don’t flash a large amount of cash in public.
Crowded places are where most small crimes occur because it’s easy for a robber to stand close to someone, grab their purse or wallet, and sneak away without being seen.