Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Madrid, Spain

Location: Spain

Event: The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens of the risk of petty theft schemes, including pickpocketing in major urban centers and highways across Spain. Thieves may work in teams to distract attention. They may ask whether you have dropped cash on the ground, or offer to clean liquid off of you. In one common scheme, they may wave your vehicle over to assist with a flat tire, while an accomplice makes off with your valuables. Please be alert to such schemes and secure your personal belongings.

Due to the frequency of these crimes, local authorities have placed more law enforcement officers in popular tourist areas during the summer months.

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.
  • Review your personal security plans.
  • Do not leave valuables unattended.
  • Call 112 if in urgent need of assistance.
  • Be alert to criminal schemes as described in the Safety and Security tab on the Spain country information page at


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


  • U.S. Consulate General Barcelona, Spain


  • State Department – Consular Affairs

888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444