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2023/24 The Alarming Rise of Villa Robberies - Burglaries. Crime in Ibiza

BBC Documentary

Ibiza: Secrets Of The Party Island

If you're looking for honest comments from local security experts & Island Police Officers - discussing the 'mechanics' of villa robberies in Ibiza... this short video is essential viewing!

Clients with security concerns: You can avoid villa robberies by educating yourself and making informed choices for additional security measures.

Ibiza is facing a growing threat that tarnishes its reputation as a haven for world-class partying, laid-back luxury & hippie-chic... the surge in villa robberies.


As the island's popularity as a jet-set tourist destination continues to soar, so does the number of villa break-ins. Statistically this only effects around 5% of tourists visiting Ibiza - but it's leaving both local villa owners and visitors frustrated.

The allure of luxurious villas with private facilities and stunning locations has also made them prime targets for sophisticated gangs of thieves. High value robberies lead to sensational headlines in the media. Stories of successful villa burglaries circulate around the island - encouraging other criminals to focus on easy-target properties. Left unchecked, this could become a self-perpetuating issue.


Crime rates in Ibiza haven't increased significantly over the past 5 years - it's a simple case of crime evolving and changing it's focus. Whilst villa robberies are on the rise, high-value street thefts in former 'hot-spots' have seen a decline between 2018 > 2023... but it's worth mentioning that watch thefts out in the open are on the increase again in 2024.


The laid-back atmosphere of the island can create a false sense of security, leading wealthy tourists to underestimate the risk of robbery in Ibiza. Villas are often nestled in secluded areas where response times to break-ins are longer, providing a low-risk opportunity for criminals to exploit the privacy and isolation of these locations.

Local authorities and villa owners are grappling with this escalating issue, implementing enhanced security and urging villa clients to be more vigilant - but organized crime gangs continue to exploit weaknesses in modern security processes, operating two or three steps ahead of these particular measures.

Hi-Tech Alarm Systems:
A False Sense Of Security

In recent years there has been a boom in business for alarm systems supported by monitoring stations and mobile guards attending to intrusions. Unfortunately, during the busy months of the tourist season, response times have been recorded at 45 minute to 1 hour before someone arrives at a property where the alarm has been triggered by a break-in.


Professional thieves who target villas are fully aware of this delayed response, however - gangs of thieves operate so efficiently that many burglaries are over within 5 minutes... leaving no chance of being caught in the act. 4 or 5 thieves can sweep through every room of of villa rapidly...


Clients hand-picking their rental villa because it has modern security features are discovering that cutting-edge technology falls short of their expectations.

Black market security guards fail to prevent villa robberies in Ibiza

Inline with the significant rise in villa crime, there has also been a rapid growth of black market security services to capitalize on the concerns of wealthy tourists. Amateur security workers are presented as highly-trained professionals, and priced competitively by those who recommend villa security services to their clients.


Additional security can be a very profitable add-on service for the islands middleman industry - especially when they have access to low-cost manpower. This underpaid workforce know that middlemen are keeping the lions-share of the clients payment... receiving as little as €14 per hour - they have very little appetite for challenging the professional criminal gangs who target villas. When 5 thieves come climbing over the walls of a villa - the 'guards' typical reaction is:


"I'm not paid enough for this! "


The widespread opinion within the criminal community is that villa security guards do not represent a robust defence against sophisticated robberies - and do not serve as a deterrent. The probability of professional thieves coming face-to-face with equally formidable security personnel is very low in Ibiza.

Years of applying ineffective security measures has allowed criminal gangs to become EXPERTS at gaining access to properties that host wealthy guests.​ Concierge, rental agencies & villa owners have historically underestimated this criminal expertise... employing low-cost security guard services for their clients and putting them at risk - simply because it's not profitable to recommend the experts who successfully protect villas.

Problem Solved?


Villa rental clients - previously exposed to ineffective security services through intermediaries, are now turning to genuine Top-Level Security Teams and hiring them directly.


The cost difference is as little as €10 per hour ... but with no middlemen keeping 50% of the payment, the clients buying power now hires 'Top-Notch Protection'. By simply changing the way they engage private security services, and allowing these experts to implement effective measures - villa clients have eliminated the possibility of a successful robbery at their villa.


With only a handful of (genuine) security experts operating in the local industry - access to highly effective villa security is limited. Those who fail to secure protection by genuine professionals have to consider what they can do themselves to mitigate the possibility of uninvited guests at their villa.

Tourists in general (wealthy or not) are advised to take simple precautions such as remembering to lock doors and windows, utilizing alarm systems, and storing valuables in secure, less obvious locations before they head out to enjoy the beach clubs or nightlife.


This advice may seem obvious, but more than 50% of villa robberies do not involve a forced-entry. Footage from villa security cameras often shows thieves checking doors and windows - discovering one or multiple points of entry left unlocked. Thieves who target viIlas capitalise on this common error. If your villa is robbed in this manner, your travel insurance will not cover your losses.

Ibiza's villa robbery issue is not unique;


- it reflects the global challenge against widespread, organized crime. Tourist hotspots & major Cities worldwide grapple with sophisticated thefts due to the concentration of high-value targets. Similar trends in other destinations emphasize the need for Ibiza to accept that the island is no longer immune to growing levels of crime. Heightened levels of awareness, advanced security measures, and a deeper look into propheteering-networks is now required to protect both residents and tourists from this pervasive issue.

Diplomat Protection Group Ibiza
26 year security services in Ibiza

With more than 26 years service in Ibiza, Diplomat Protection Group® are the leading authority on local crime trends - along with offering highly-effective security solutions to our clientele.

There is a misconception that we are grateful for the financial benefits that increased villa crime brings to our group ... not so;



We are industry leaders in the Personal Protection [Bodyguards] of At-Risk VIP's who take their security & privacy seriously. The rise in sophisticated villa burglaries, and the increased demand from our clients to divert our expertise to protecting properties they rent ... this limits our availability to provide Bodyguards to other clients visiting the island.

If the demand for villa security ceased tomorrow - we could return to catering for more of our regular clientele, desperate to engage our Personal Protection services.


This is why we are so heavily invested in seeing local villa crimes come to an end!

We are a 'Direct-to-Client' service with no financial loyalty to anyone who may not be acting in the client's best interests.

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We are a team of Veteran Security Contractors based in Ibiza. Diplomat Protection Group® are the only private security team in Ibiza that offers a *GUARANTEE* of "No Break-ins" whilst our professionals are on duty at your villa!

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