Farmers on the Costa del Sol have warned that the price of lemons could rise, due to a surge in the amount of fruit theft.
Now farmers are using private security, as well as technology, to protect their crops from thieves who are looking to sell the fruit on the black market.
The price of the fruit has risen already this year due to a poor harvest, and as a result, demand for lemons on the black market has risen, resulting in a rise of the amount of fruit that is stolen.
Last week Guardia Civil arrested five people on suspicion of lemon theft, after finding a tonne of fruit hidden on their premises. (They were obviously unable to convince the Guardia that they were heavy Gin and Tonic drinkers and the lemons were solely for personal consumption…)