Barcelona police hand out emergency clothing kits to robbed nudists

Officers save the blushes of 174 bathers who fell victim to the bare-faced cheek of thieves

A member of Barcelona’s police demonstrates a ‘robbery kit’. Photograph: Guàrdia Urbana

A member of Barcelona’s police demonstrates a ‘robbery kit’. Photograph: Guàrdia Urbana


Police in Barcelona have handed out more than 100 emergency clothing kits to bathers who returned from a swim to find everything they left on the beach had been stolen by the thieves who plague the city’s shoreline.

The “robbery kits”, made up of a T-shirt bearing the city council logo, a pair of shorts, flip-flops and a Metro ticket, are particularly appreciated by swimmers on the city’s nudist beaches of Sant Sebastià and Mar Bella whom thieves have left exposed.

The kits handed out by officers of the city’s Guàrdia Urbana have saved the blushes of 174 bathers since this year’s summer season officially began on May 27th. The number given out has increased each year since the kits were introduced in 2016.

Barcelona has 5km of beaches, of which the most popular, with both bathers and thieves, is Barceloneta.

A dedicated group of officers, some in plainclothes, has patrolled the city’s 10 beaches from May to September for the past eight years in cars and on foot, as well as on bicycles, scooters and quad bikes.

Thieves are not the only problem. Many people ply their trades on the beaches and anyone hoping to relax in the sun will find their reveries interrupted every few minutes by hawkers offering beer, water, mojitos and cannabis, while others try to sell you a sarong or offer a massage or a henna tattoo.

Police have so far this year confiscated more than 100,000 drinks and brought more than 9,000 charges for selling refreshments on the beach without a licence. – Guardian