About Jimena de la Frontera, the province of Cadiz and Spain as a whole, focused on this small village in the mountains

Robberies in Jimena

burglary_1014464c (Press Release) The Guardia Civil arrested a man known as ‘El Boca’ as he was breaking into a home in Jimena village on Saturday. El Boca has a long list of such incidents, 42 of which are classified as Breaking and Entering and 5 of these With Violence. He is now also charged with five further robberies as the modus operandi, the time and the amounts robbed (between €300 and €500) are all similar. (Prospero comment:>

El Boca was released from prison about three or four weeks ago, which happens to coincide not only with a spate of burglaries in and around the village, but with the release of another two or three members of his ‘profession’.)



  Sancho wrote @

Arrested yes – but is he free till his court appearence to plunder and attack people in the meantime?

  Sancho wrote @

I see since I first sent my first comment that the mayor has asked the Guardia Civil to hold La Boca. If my memory serves me right, and it rarely does, ten years or so ago the then mayor of Jimena threatened to bar a person from the village (not sure if he did or not) because he was causing major problems. Apparently this was a power the mayor held. If the Fonz had it then presumably so too does Collado.

  prospero wrote @

The same person you refer to as barred, is one of the other two or three ‘pros’ who have returned to the village. He was indeed barred but I have to imagine that the exclusion order was finite and so, ‘Barrilete’ is now waddling his way through town. And yes, Collado would have the same power, presumably.
But the problems are multiple and can be condensed as follows: 1. Lack of effective policing in an area covering 345,24 square kilometres with inadequate manpower and equipment and only 10,000 inhabitants; 2. Lack of an effective judicial system (a pain in the rear for years and years); 3. Presence of a misguided ‘sense of community’, where nobody wants to report anything other than direct damage (usually for insurance purposes only), exacerbated by fear and ingrained for centuries in rural Spain but specially in bandolero country, which this is after all. Why don’t you write something about it, Sancho? Or are you already?

  Sancho wrote @

My apologies to El Boca – I called him La Boca – would such an insult drive him from our midst or will he simply target my house?

  Concerned Resident wrote @

Regarding recent robberies in the village, a pattern of timings, amounts taken and general modus operandum are mentioned but not detailed. When Prospero has recovered from his virus, (and of course we all hope this will be very soon and wish him a speedy and complete recovery), obviously it would be tremendously helpful for us all to have these details, which could help prevent the rest of us suffering the same unpleasant consequences, and most importantly help us to take the best preventative measures. This information, if known, would be much appreciated and gratefully received. Thank You.

  prospero wrote @

Thanks (puff) for your good wishes, (puff, puff) Concerned Resident (puff). I have to admit I am on the way to recovery if (puff) very breathless as a result of this foul bug (puff, puff) – Jimena hills are no help. Nor is the fact that I have had the first seriously paid work (on which I am entirely dependant) for the first time in eight months! But there is light at the end of the tunnel, once I get round some of these blessed bends.
Oh, yes, about the burglaries. Some of the details you want are actuaally in the article, by the way. The local Guardia Civil seem reluctant to offer much detail but I will endeavour to extract as much as possible. Your concerns may well be the key that unlocks their reluctance. Watch this space, as they say, and BATTEN DOWN THE HATCHES (i.e. close up the iron work when you go out and at night, make sure there ar no visible temptations in cars or close to windows and glass oors, etc. etc. – common sense, really, I suppose)
Again, thank you.

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