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Looting in a pack in a shopping center in the Canary Islands

Mairenis Gomez

June 7, 2024 | 5:00 pm

A large group of young people of North African origin run away from the Los Alisios shopping center, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

This Thursday, a video has gone viral showing a large group of young people of North African origin running away from the Los Alisios shopping center, in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. According to several users on social networks from the Canarian town. In this large group of minors who have attacked several establishments acting in a pack and escaping unpunished from the place. On the social network

Mass robberies generate insecurity in Spain and Europe

Although these thefts are not recent, this type of crime is already detected in Spain and results in an increase in insecurity for both business owners and customers and citizens. Some compare this criminal situation with the looting seen in videos from Paris or even Barcelona.

It is a tactic used by criminal youth gangs of African origin that operate in the United States. The modus operandi consists of acting in a group, attacking any establishment and destroying everything in its path.. Outnumbering any law enforcement force. In the United States, theft in Apple phone stores became popular. Several videos show how criminals steal numerous phones, hide them in pockets, backpacks or underwear, and flee in a matter of seconds.

The police response is complicated due to the speed of the crime

The police response in these cases is quite difficult due to the speed with which the crime is committed. Initially, security is in charge of private workers at the affected shopping center.. Who often find themselves outnumbered and unable to react. Subsequently, an investigation is opened by the Judicial Police groups of the National Police or the Civil Guard. Although the majority of those involved are minors who will not be arrested or tried, but will remain at the disposal of the Juvenile Prosecutor's Office.

A growing threat to security and trade in Europe

Mass looting: a growing threat to security and trade in Europe

These incidents highlight growing concerns about safety at shopping malls and other establishments in Europe.. The trend of mass looting, popularized in other countries, is spreading and represents a significant challenge for local authorities. It is crucial to implement more effective measures to prevent and respond to these acts of vandalism, protecting both merchants and citizens.

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