Residents feel insecure

People living in Faro feel more insecure about crime – but this could be due to reports of increased cases in more rural parts of the Algarve.

The findings were revealed in a study entitled ‘Barómetro Segurança, data protection and privacy in Portugal’, which was conducted on behalf of security company ADT Fire & Security. Between January 1 and March 14, crime against people, including assaults on public roads, increased by 15 per cent, or 19 cases, over the same period in 2009.

Commenting on the statistics, Víctor Rodrigues, Head of PSP in the Algarve, told Correio da Manhã daily newspaper: “Faro is a safe city and this feeling of insecurity may be due to reports of crimes of serious violence that have happened in other parts of the Algarve.”

He was referring to attacks on houses of foreigners in the Algarve countryside.