Safety and Security in Ibiza
As with any busy holiday destination the world over, petty crime and accidents in Ibiza does increase during the peak summer months when the island’s populace booms.
Your safety and enjoyment are equally important to us therefore we’ve put together some valuable guidelines and information so you can be aware of, and minimize the risks.
Ensure you have a valid travel insurance policy
We strongly recommend you take out an adequate travel insurance policy that covers at minimum; medical, theft and loss. Don’t leave it to chance. These policies don’t have to be expensive, so it’s worth the peace of mind.
If eligible, you should also obtain a free European Health Insurance Card before your trip. This is not a substitute for a good insurance policy, however an EHIC will cover you for necessary treatment you receive at a public healthcare centre or hospital during your trip. More info here: ehic.org.uk
Only use reputable suppliers
Whether it’s for your villa booking, buying club tickets, hiring a boat or other holiday activity, it’s important to only use licensed and reputable suppliers. Each season, Ibiza sees many ‘cowboy’ concierge companies pop up, offering services such as drink and food delivery, club tickets, private transport etc.
Look for companies that have been established in Ibiza for at least several years. You can also read reviews online, speak to a person rather than relying only on email, ask for proof of licensing and adequate insurance and don’t hand over any money or credit card details if you don’t feel 100% comfortable with the arrangements.
Keep your villa address and social arrangements private
Do not give details of your villa address or social arrangements to anyone you don’t know and don’t invite strangers back to your villa. This includes the above mentioned ‘cowboy concierge’ companies delivering goods and services.
Do not carry large amounts of cash or valuables
Avoid carrying large amounts of cash with you. Ideally, use debit cards and only withdraw small amounts of cash each time.
In preparation for your holiday, it’s a good idea to set up a secondary debit account with a card and activate online banking, so in the event your card is lost or stolen, you can access your money by transferring to this second account.
If you are planning on bringing your laptop or tablet with you, and other larger valuables, check beforehand that your villa safe is large enough to store these items.
We aware of your belongings at all times
Crowded public spaces are great hunting grounds for pickpockets and opportunist thieves. When in a restaurant, bar or club, keep your belongings with you at all times. Also be wary of people randomly bumping into you or trying to distract you.
Don’t take valuables to the beach, particularly if they will be unattended while you are swimming. Also don’t leave valuables in a car unattended.
Secure your villa properly when out
When leaving your villa ensure all windows, doors and gates are properly closed and locked and do not leave your key hidden somewhere on the property. If your villa has an alarm system, use it. If you are spending time around the pool at the back of the property, ensure the front of the villa is secure. Also ensure you use the safety deposit box in your villa. These steps may sound like common sense however it is surprising how many times our team have turned up to a villa that is open and unoccupied.
Only use licensed and legal forms of transport
Ibiza has a number of transport options, including the white licensed public taxis (Radio Taxis), the island buses and licensed private transport companies.
All legal forms of transport will have a Servicio Publico license, represented by the SP sticker on the back of the vehicle. This means the company has the correct licenses and permissions, is fully insured, all vehicles are road worthy and drivers have been police checked and have undertaken the necessary exams.
As with many tourist destinations however, Ibiza has been plagued with ‘pirate’ taxis; illegal taxis cashing in and taking advantage of unsuspecting tourists. These drivers will often approach taxi queues at the airport and other busy tourist areas offering cheap lifts. Despite how friendly and sincere they may seem, it is not uncommon for these drivers to be linked to villa robberies, so avoid them, without exception. Regardless of how long the queue is, stand firm and stick with the legal and licensed options. It is simply not worth the huge risks.
Please don’t let this information worry you. Ibiza is a safe place to live and to holiday, provided you do so with a bit of common sense and foresight.