Preventing crime

The third in the series of Crime Prevention Seminars aimed at the foreign community in the Algarve will take place on October 10 from 4pm until 6pm at the Vale Silves Community Centre in Boliqueime.

Organised by Safe Communities Algarve in partnership with the Loulé GNR, the event will include a presentation by Captain Adriano, Commander of the Loulé GNR, who cover Vilamoura, Quarteira, the Golden Triangle, Salir, Boliqueime and more.

He will explain the work of the GNR, the Safe Residence Programme and give a local crime overview. The Safe Residence Programme team will also be on hand for those interested in joining the scheme.

Bruno Brito, from the Portuguese Association for Victim Support (APAV), will speak about victim support in the aftermath of crime and the services provided by APAV, while Vice Consul Angela Morado from the British Consulate in Portimão will cover the Consulate’s role in promoting crime prevention and supporting victims of crime.

David Thomas of Safe Communities Algarve will present information about overall crime trends in the area and the work he has been developing.

He said: “This will be the first time that these organisations have come together at a single event to share their experiences with the public. The seminar will provide a unique opportunity for questions and answers on matters of interest to the public.”

The seminar will be conducted in English and is free to attend. Registration is required. Another seminar will be held in Silves on October 24. Further details to be announced soon.

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Residents support crime prevention initiatives

The Safe Communities Algarve Crime Prevention Seminar held in Lagos on September 26 was hailed a success, with residents travelling from various areas of the Western Algarve to attend the event.

The seminar started with the Mayor of Lagos, Júlio Barroso, giving a talk on the importance of crime prevention and keeping the Algarve a safe place to live and visit. He said: “I am pleased that this seminar has been organised as it helps all of us working together to prevent crime and understanding the work of the police and other organisations represented here today.”

Presentations were made by the GNR, PSP, Night Guard Service, Safe Communities Algarve and the British Consulate. A question and answer session followed with issues such as the Safe Residence Programme, major disasters and dealing with violent robberies being addressed.