Mad Max Begins in Spain?
Gangs of thieves rob farmers of Spain
Earlier disappeared from fields of Spanish and a little fruit now is stolen on the farms, which is not nailed firmly. Across the country, there is a “touch of Wild West.”
From Ute Müller
The severe economic crisis in Spain always drives stranger effects. After years of falling prices, farmers now have to deal with a problem that is not new, but has assumed alarming proportions: the thefts in the fields. The number of offenses has continued to increase since the beginning.
According to the Spanish Federation of Young Farmers Asahiah the number of thefts rose in the first three months by 20 percent. In the province of Alicante, the damage amounted to theft and vandalism last year, already more than 25 million euros. In other areas such as Valencia or in the green north of Spain , the situation is not much better.
Everything is stolen
While it was especially oranges or grapes, the “disappeared” and were sold at weekly markets at dumping prices, the gangs of thieves are now taking everything that is not nailed firmly: tractors, agricultural machinery, irrigation systems and even copper wires.
In 2012 alone, approximately 20,000 times was broken on Spanish estates – now find statistically three raids per hour instead. The criminals are getting bolder.