Safety in Tenerife
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You hear so many horror stories but what really happens in resort and how to people stay safe?
As you would expect with any country, there are a number of things you should be aware of when out and about at night and in the day. Firstly, use common sense at all times and only take the bare minimum cash around with you. Although Tenerife is a relatively safe place thee are some things you should be aware of. Firstly, when wearing your shorts and t-shirts, it is very easy to lose money by dropping it without noticing along with things such as your hotel key which you will be penalized for.
Secondly, the so called ‘lookie lookie’ men will be more than happy to take an unsecured wallet off your hands. These 'lookie lookie' men will be found in almost any populated area both day and night, selling their fake branded sun glasses and artificial gold jewellery. They insist on calling all Britt’s “Del Boy” for some reason but a polite but firm “no thank you” soon sees them off.
Unfortunately the most common crime is mugging. While there's no give away as to who is likely to mug you there are some simple guidelines you should follow. Always keep to well lit areas and never walk alone. Keep valuables hidden and keep your cash in a secure place. Follow these guides and your unlikely to encounter trouble on your holiday.
During the day time-share touts rule the beach areas trying to con people into taking up their offers of a time-share apartment. These people will not bother you unless you are a couple over the age of 27 so these are not too much of a problem for the younger visitors. While these are very pushy annoying, they most certainly pose no criminal threat.
Finally, if you venture down the Veronicas strip, it is possible you will encounter a prostitute or two! Now lads, before you all get excited thinking its going to be a buxom blonde English girl, we better put you in the picture. If you can imagine what Eddie Murphy’s sister would look like then you’re somewhere near what the prostitutes here are like. They are all Caribbean/African and although their offer may sound tempting after an unsuccessful night on the pull, be aware that they won’t go through with the service they are offering. Instead they will drag you down an alley where their pimp will mug you of everything valuable in your possession.
Away from crime related safety, there are some other things you should be aware of. The roads are something you should be aware of and you should remember that Canarians drive on the right hand side of the road. On top of this, the Canarian road system is totally different from that of the UK so when crossing roads be very aware of what’s going on around you and the flow of the traffic. Pedestrian crossings are painted on the roads but it is not compulsory for drivers to stop at them to allow you to cross the road.
One of the main reasons you go abroad is for the weather. At times the temperature will be that of a good British summer and its at these time you might think its ok to go out without any sun protection. Due tot he location of Tenerife, the sun is strong all year round and you will easily burn even if your tough skinned. Ware a good factor sun cream and apply it regularly.
Finally, its worth remembering that health and safety standards abroad are a lot more relaxed than what we are used to in the UK. With this in mind you should always be vigilant when in your hotel and out and about. Its always better to be safe than to be sorry.