Algarve coastal safety

the Algarve has been prioritised for the first phase of a new coastal security plan to help reduce illegal immigration and drug trafficking from northern Africa.

The government announced that it was in the process of acquiring equipment that will allow the police to better monitor illegal activity occurring off the Portuguese coast.

This heightened security plan, which forms part of the Integrated System of Command and Control Vigilance, includes the installation of sensors, infrared cameras and radars along the coast from Caminha in the north of the country to Vila Real de Santo António in the Algarve.

The system will allow police to see everything on board vessels, even at night up to 37km from the coast and 12 rapid response police units and 30 fixed control posts, more than double the amount currently in operation, will also be available.

The total investment will be around 30 million euros, with the first phase in the Algarve expected to cost six million euros.

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