Handling Violent Situations in Spanish-Speaking Countries
6 of 6 in Series: The Essentials of Dealing with Emergencies in Spanish-Speaking Countries
If you're planning a vacation to a Spanish-speaking country, you don't want to think about getting robbed, attacked, or caught in a violent situation, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t figure out how to handle such situations in advance. The best approach you can take is to try memorizing a few Spanish words and phrases in advance and to follow these two simple steps.
Try to alert passersby that you’re being robbed or attacked.
You have a couple different options for letting passersby know you’re in trouble. You can shout out these phrases:
¡Llamen a la policía! (yah-mehn ah lah poh-lee-seeah) (Call the police!)
¡Me robó la billetera! (meh roh-bvoh lah bvee-yeh-teh-rah) ([She/he] stole my wallet!)
Or, if it’s easier, you can attract the help you need with just one or two words:
¡Un robo! (oon roh-bvoh) (A burglary!)
¡Un asalto! (oon ah-sahl-toh) (A holdup!)
¡Atrápenlo! (ah-trah-pehn-loh) (Catch him!)
¡Policía! (poh-lee-seeah) (Police!)
Report the robbery or attack to the local police.
The following sentences are examples that you may find helpful to use when describing the culprit to the police.
Era un hombre bajo, corpulento. (eh-rah oon ohm-bvreh bvah-Hoh kohr-poo-lehn-toh) (He was a short man, heavyset.)
Tenía cabello oscuro y barba. (teh-neeah kah-bveh-yoh ohs-koo-roh ee bvahr-bvah) (He had dark hair and a beard.)
Vestía pantalón de mezclilla, y camisa blanca. (bvehs-teeah pahn-tah-lohn deh mehs-klee-yah ee kah-mee-sah bvlahn-kah) (He wore jeans, and a white shirt.)
Tendrá unos cuarenta años. (tehn-drah oo-nohs kooah-rehn-tah ah-nyos) (He’s around forty.)
Iba con una mujer delgada. (ee-bvah kohn oo-nah moo-Hehr dehl-gah-dah) (He was with a thin woman.)
Era alta, rubia, de ojos claros. (eh-rah ahl-tah roo-bveeah deh oh-Hohs klah-rohs) (She was tall, blond, light-colored eyes.)