Security Alert – U.S. Consulate General Barcelona, Spain

Location: Barcelona

Event: The U.S. Embassy advises U.S. citizens of an increase in violent crime in the city of Barcelona in the summer of 2019, specifically in popular tourist areas. Local authorities have reported a significant increase in the number of petty theft schemes that have included acts of violence, such as aggressive thefts of jewelry, watches, and purses. In some cases, these incidents have resulted in injury.

Authorities indicate they are seeking to address these issues.

The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens to remain especially vigilant about their personal security.

For more information on common criminal schemes in Spain and ways to avoid crime, please visit

Actions to Take:

  • Be vigilant with your personal belongings.
  • Stay alert in locations frequented by tourists.
  • Do not physically resist any robbery attempt.
  • Review your personal security plans.
  • Do not display signs of wealth, such as wearing expensive jewelry or watches.
  • Call 112 if in urgent need of assistance.
  • Review the Safety and Security information on the Spain country information page at


  • The local emergency number is 112.
  • S. Embassy Madrid, Spain


  • S. Consulate General Barcelona, Spain


  • State Department – Consular Affairs

888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444