Algarve crime rate falls as new PSP chief takes charge

PSP police have recorded a “significant” fall in crimes this year in the Algarve.

Data shows that the number of “serious crimes” is down 1.1% while the number of “violent crimes” has dropped 7.2% between January 1 and October 29, compared to the same period last year.

There has also been a 20.9% increase in arrests.

The statistics were revealed by PSP Faro’s new commander-in-chief Viegas Martins, who took over the police force’s regional delegation less than a month ago.

“I have inherited a heavy burden, because the indicators are positive, and it’s up to me to keep this going,” he told national tabloid Correio da Manhã.

Martins said that police are being more “proactive” in the fight against drug trafficking, property crimes and driving under the influence.

The news was revealed during the celebrations of PSP Faro’s 89th anniversary.