How many of you, for whatever reason, did not report a crime to the Guardia Civil because you couldn’t be bothered with the hassle or inconvenience of the whole procedure? Waiting in a queue, booking and paying for an interpreter, possibly having to catch a taxi or bus – all for the sake of a couple of hundred euros and a few credit cards, all of which you’ll probably never see again. Does any of that sound familiar?
Well, now, it has been made a lot easier to report a selection of crimes as the Guardia Civil has launched a new service whereby victims of crime are able to fill out a crime report form, or ‘denuncia’, online and hand it into their nearest station within the next 24 hours.
Not all types of crime can be reported this way, however. (See below for those that can.)
- Lost or stolen documents or personal belongings
- Any documents or possessions that have been found
- Stolen cars
- Thefts from cars or other vehicles
- Non-violent theft and damage
If you want to report any of the above, you can find the appropriate form by visiting: www.guardiacivil.com and click on the ‘Denuncias’ link located on the left-hand side of the page, followed by the ‘Presentación de denuncias penales’ link, which appears underneath.
It is important to read the instructions on how to fill out the form and what else you need to accompany it first.
However, note that the document is only available in Spanish at the moment, and must therefore be completed in Spanish.
Once the document, which appears as a PDF file, has been completed, it must be printed, signed and taken to the nearest Guardia Civil station within the next 24 hours, along with a passport to prove your identity.
You must also attach any proof of what has happened to the document. This could come in the form of photographs or other paperwork.
If you are personally unable to hand the denuncia in to an officer yourself, you must contact the Guardia Civil as quickly as possible by calling 062.
For further information on this matter, please visit the Guardia Civil website at www.guardiacivil.es