CCTV initiative

The vice secretary of state for internal affairs, José Magalhães, was in the Algarve on Thursday (February 21) to speak to Faro, Albufeira and Loulé councils about the installation of CCTV systems in urban areas.

The three câmara presidents have all expressed an interest in installing CCTV systems in urban areas to help crack down on criminal activity.

The meeting at the civil governor’s office in Faro was designed to discuss how to proceed and how the systems will be installed and managed. As yet, none of these câmaras have officially applied for the systems. Albufeira Câmara President, Desidério Silva, said he used this time to discuss the main security need in the area, including the need to increase the size of the police force.

He asked the vice secretary of state to consider bolster the existing security forces and added that the câmara would be keen to install CCTV systems in the Old Town and on Avenida Sá Carneiro, where the majority of people congregate at night in the bars and restaurants. He said CCTV cameras would help the municipal police force continue to support and safeguard the population and after the meeting, Mr Magalhães said: “The Algarve will have more effective security”.

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