Property crime is not the only issue in the Med Countries. Its only that, that where Brits come face to face with the reality. Over charging Taxi drivers, poor quality food & exorbitant drinks prices etc. People ignores it as part of being a tourist ripoff irrespective of the Country.
The residents of these Countries are quite use to the system & accept it. as as protestations during the period of Franco or Salazar would have landed them & their families in a lot of serious bother.
In so far as Zapatero is concerned. You just have to look at his body language to find out how many teeth he has.