Crime terrifies Valls


VallsValls has been suffering for months from an increase in crime that seems to have reached a ceiling in recent days. The number of crimes committed is hard to even keep track of: fights, robberies with violence in establishments, driving a vehicle against a premises to steal the cash register, neighbor’s cars burned, pursuits both by car and motorcycle on public roads putting the safety of pedestrians at risk and even the burning of a police vehicle that the perpetrators themselves recorded to upload to social networks. Local Police officers, together with a reinforcement of Mossos d’Esquadra officers, are trying to straighten out a situation that seems totally out of control.

The confidence of the Vallencians, however, is very low. “This is not solved with three or four arrests,” says a man who prefers not to give his name. This neighbor saw, last Sunday at seven in the afternoon, how an Audi fleeing from the police climbed onto the central sidewalk of Paseo de l’Estació to escape from the officers. Fifteen-year-old Julen and Mohamed were also there: “It was incredible. The promenade was full of people and everyone started screaming and running.” The two boys say he was going “about 80 km/h” and don’t understand how the driver was able to avoid the customers on the terrace of the Shanghai bar (among whom was a policeman who had gone there because of a fight inside from the bar) and not crash into the roundabout at the end of the promenade. “I was inside the bar talking to an officer about the fight and I heard everyone yelling ‘car, car!’, but when I came out I didn’t see anything,” explains Xiu Mei, owner of the bar. The car managed to escape. The next night, Monday the 29th, was when three boys burned a Local Police car in front of the same police station.

Two young people set fire to a car belonging to the Local Police of Valls

The mayoress of the municipality, Dolors Farré (Junts per Valls), appeared urgently on Tuesday to demand “an immediate reinforcement of police officers”, and acknowledged her “concern” about what is happening. He also said that the young people who escaped from the police along the promenade of the Station “are the same” who burned the police car and that they are “recidivist criminals”. Mossos sources did not confirm that they were the same, but say that they have “identified” them.

Be that as it may, the crime that Valls suffers from goes beyond these two cases that have caused so much commotion. “I’m sure that those who did this are not the same ones we’ve had here for months,” points out Maria Jesús, who works in a pharmacy in Portal Nou, one of the areas most affected by insecurity. A few meters from this pharmacy is the occupied house where he lived the young man with the katana, a guy known by that nickname because he got into a fight using that weapon in mid-July. This boy was arrested on August 23 after Hu Jianzhou, a merchant in the neighborhood, armed himself with courage and said enough: “He entered the store and took what he wanted without paying,” he tells ARA. On Wednesday, he still had a black eye and nose because when he and his wife tried to block the young criminal, he attacked them. Both were punched and kicked. “This is not over, there are still two more to go,” says the merchant.

Robberies with violence increased by 169%

Last August 16, it was decided to strengthen surveillance in this area during a meeting between the mayoress and the commands of the Mossos d’Esquadra and the Local Police. The reinforcement has allowed the arrest of the young man from the katana and also of three people who had committed different robberies with violence, but crime does not stop growing. According to the report of the Ministry of the Interior, which includes data from all police forces, during the second quarter of this year, in Valls (24,553 inhabitants) robberies with violence and intimidation have increased by 169% compared to the same period of the previous year. Thefts, meanwhile, have grown by 61%.


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