‘Safe Communities Algarve’ launched

An online platform to promote crime prevention in the Algarve was launched at the recent Consular Outreach Event in Albufeira.

David Thomas, director of ISECA, the Independent Security Agency, announced the launch of the ‘Safe Communities Algarve’ online platform.

David said: “At present, there is no consolidated source of information on crime prevention combining both the work of the police and the private security industry in the Algarve.

“Safe Communities Algarve would therefore help promote the work of the police, by providing crime prevention information, development of the Safe Residence Programme and various contact numbers etc.”

The online area is also expected to act as a platform for specialist crime prevention services available in the private sector. “The objective is to provide a one stop shop of information and support services available to all residents,” said David.

David Thomas added that the formation of the platform followed discussions with both the police and the private security industry on ways to further promote crime prevention in the region.

British Ambassador Jill Gallard has welcomed the launch of Safe Communities Algarve. She said: “I’m delighted to learn of ISECA’s launch of an online platform promoting crime prevention in the Algarve. The initiative should help British residents to ensure that their property and personal possessions are well protected, and keep them up to date with local developments.”

David Thomas explained that the services provided by Safe Communities Algarve would be available free of charge to residents with news updates available to those who wish to register.  The platform will be further developed over the coming weeks.

More information about Safe Communities Algarve can be obtained on www.iseca.net, then click “Safe Communities Algarve” to reach the homepage. The site also contains downloadable information including a “Guide to the Safe Residence Programme”