Ensuring the safety of Algarve’s foreign visitors

Ensuring the safety of Algarve’s foreign visitors

The importance of the safety of the foreign community and overseas tourists was highlighted by the Minister for Internal Administration Eduardo Cabrita, during the presentation of the “Safe Summer” programme held at the Algarve Tourism Board (RTA) Faro Headquarters on June 22.

To reinforce this message, the Secretary of State for Internal Administration Isabel Oneto gave an overview of the Local Security Contracts (CLS) and highlighted the important work undertaken by Safe Communities Portugal (SCP) as part of this programme. She stressed the importance of the community and the security forces working together in maintaining the Algarve as a safe destination.

A protocol was then signed by the Secretary of State and David Thomas, president of SCP, outlining new initiatives regarding security in the Algarve which the two parties will develop over the next 12 months.

Following on from last year, Safe Communities has proposed a number of new initiatives which were agreed by the ministry and incorporated into the new protocol.

These will include projects such as the development of crime prevention leaflets in additional languages to reach out to tourists through tourist information centres throughout the region. This will be reinforced by videos and several displays such as those held at Mar Shopping Loulé and Faro Airport earlier.

There will also be a project to encourage people to report suspicious activities and crime as well as a project involving students understanding the work of the police.

David Thomas said: “We have consistently stressed the importance of everyone working together not only to help reduce crime, but also to convey important messages concerning the prevention and protection of the population against rural fires.

“We have been able to reflect the views of the foreign community to government both concerning civil protection and security matters and it is encouraging that these views have been heard and acted upon, in developing projects that benefit both residents and tourists alike.”

While the event was being held, SCP were also at Mar Shopping Loulé together with the GNR, the military of the Gendarmerie Nationale from France and the Arma dei Carabinieri from Italy creating greater awareness of crime prevention.

Photo: From left: David Thomas, president of Safe Communities Portugal, Eduardo Cabrita, Minister of Internal Administration, and Isabel Oneto, Secretary of State for Internal Administration