More GNR officers are needed to patrol the municipality’s remote communities in Serra do Caldeirão where many elderly people live in isolated houses, says São Brás de Alportel mayor Vítor Guerreiro.
As he explains, elderly residents who live in remote areas tend to be at greater risk of burglaries and scams.
“It’s important to have GNR officers in these remote areas to carry out awareness campaigns like they have in the past. They haven’t been held for a while because there aren’t enough officers,” the mayor told Correio da Manhã.
The local GNR force has 16 agents who operate mostly in the town of São Brás. According to the mayor, the number should be at least 22.
“We have contacted the Ministry of Internal Administration and we hope that there will be an increase in the number of officers, not only in São Brás but in the whole of the Algarve,” Vítor Guerreiro said.