The British Consulate advises travellers to be on their alert when they arrive at Alicante, Valencia and San Javier airports, due to a surge in luggage theft.
The problem has apparently grown to such an extent that it now features on the travel advice sheets issued by the Foreign Office.
The consulate warns people they should be careful when picking up a rental car as they may be followed to their destination. Thieves have been known to let down a tyre and in the confusion of offering help get away with luggage. They are probably not interested in suitcases full of clothes as much as small bags that might contain money, credit cards and the like.