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Crime on the AP7 (Spain) & A9 (France)

My wife & I will be driving from Barcelona to Nice in the latter part of March. I've been reading about robbery along the AP7 in Spain between Barcelona and the French border, and even on the A9 in France. Most of the issues concern robbers that flag down unsuspecting motorists as if they need "help", followed by a robbery.

Has anyone experienced this? Does this typically happen during the summer season? I'm a seasoned traveler and driver, plus I grew up in New York City, so I've got a sixth sense about these things. Based on what I've read, the advice is never to stop to "help" someone, and to be on-guard at service plazas, as well.

Any feedback is appreciated.

Thanks

Posted by
7124 posts

I think you hit the nail on the head ...

"I'm a seasoned traveller and driver, plus I grew up in New York City, so I've got a sixth sense about these things. Based on what I've read, the advice is never to stop to "help" someone, and to be on-guard at service plazas, as well."

I have travelled on this autopista a number of times without incident, but it would not surprise me if these things went on.

Posted by
103 posts

Good to know that you've traveled it several times w/o incident - that helps! Thanks

Posted by
8404 posts

Service vehicles patrol the autoroutes, so no one needs to flag down another motorist. Most people know this. This is the first I've ever heard of this but will try to look it up. Where have you been reading about these robberies?

Posted by
507 posts

RE: the OP's post my research came up with news articles between 2009 & 2013.

Posted by
8404 posts

Thank you for the links and warnings for others. Let me edit what I wrote earlier: the French autoroutes have service vehicles patrolling. I don't know about Spain.
The punctured tire happened to us at a small, remote gas station in Texas forty years ago. We had no choice but to pay for a new tire.

Posted by
103 posts

I think we'll be fine. Thanks everyone for their replies.

Actually, even in the U.S., if someone appears to be "stuck" and needs assistance, with the magic of cell phones, one need only call for help on their behalf without stopping (as long as one is not driving!). On AP7, though, I will just not stop for anyone and if the opportunity arises, will alert someone at the next service plaza.

Posted by
507 posts

bk,

I would do what you would normally do here at home. I keep on driving b/c of your reason - cellphones.

Posted by
4690 posts

These articles are from a tabloid magazine and 2 glorified blogs. As always, common sense prevails - Spain and France are not the Wild West.