Recent statistics released by the PSP police reveal crime has fallen by 12% in their areas of command in the Algarve.
Between January and September this year, crime cases have fallen 12% when compared to the same period last year, with violent and grave crimes down by 8.9% and detentions down by 13.1%.
PSP Commandant Vítor Rodrigues announced that Vila Real de Santo António showed the highest decrease in crime cases (39%), followed by Portimão (15.4%) and Faro (6.7%).
Lagos was the only area in the Algarve where crime was up, by 12.1%, however, in relation to the number of crime cases, Faro and Portimão cities registered the highest numbers, representing 29% and 30% respectively.
Commandant Rodrigues added that a further 40 officers were to be deployed to the Algarve to join the existing 850 PSP officers in the region, while data was being collected to put together a request for the installation of video surveillance in the city centres of Faro and Portimão.
In the Algarve, the PSP police operate in the city centres of Lagos, Portimão, Faro, Olhão, Tavira and Vila Real de Santo António.