A woman and a man, who had just arrived in Madeira for a holiday, found themselves without wallets or money, minutes after entering the Cabo Girão viewpoint. Tour operators are calling for more police at iconic places frequented by tourists and pointing out that many of these thefts are not committed by locals.
The situation is untenable, according to a tour operator, who alerted the authorities to the successive burglaries and thefts targeted by tourists who visit us. Just today, in the morning, a German citizen and an Austrian citizen found themselves without their wallets, documents and money, while visiting Cabo Girão. She was part of a group of Austrian tourists, she put her wallet on a wall to take pictures and when she returned she had no money or documents. The bag was hanging on the wall, but the wallet was missing. The man, a German, was going alone to the same place, when his wallet, money and documents were stolen.
According to our source, the two tourists would have been surprised by other foreign people present, since there were no locals.
Both thefts were reported to the Public Security Police (PSP).
Travel agents and tour operators, especially agents and operators of the many bus tours coming from cruises, are asking for more police in emblematic places, such as Cabo Girão, Zona Velha and Mercado dos Lavradores.