Welcome to the Algarve’s first
on-line information and support service dedicated to crime prevention
in the region. Although the Algarve
is a comparatively safe place to live, we all have a collective responsibility
in helping the authorities prevent crime. It has become clear following
discussion with the police at all levels in the Algarve that there is a need to
foster closer police public engagement with the aim of achieving collaboration
in preventing crime.
Communities Algarve” has been chosen as it reflects the work
that the government is already taking to help keep the Algarve a safe
place to live, and also because the word “communities” enshrines both
residents and visitors.
Safe Communities Algarve is an
on-line platform providing a “one stop shop” of information and access
to services available to all members in the community in the region
on the subject of crime prevention.
Communities Algarve, is to work closely with the police,
other authorities and the security industry in order to:
the authorities provide crime prevention advice to residents and visitors
to the Algarve.
authorities communicate details of the Secure Residents Program, how
to join the scheme and where to obtain information.
a forum of experience and expertise in the private security industry
to support and compliment the work of the police.
active support of the police effort to promote crime prevention and
The forming of Safe Communities
Algarve has been welcomed by a number of officials including
the British Ambassador to Portugal Jill Gallard,
"I am delighted to learn of the launch
of an on line platform promoting crime prevention
Safe Communities Algarve 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".
The H.M Ambassador to the Netherlands based in Lisbon Mr. Henk Soeters has welcomed the creation of Safe Communities Algarve. Acting on behalf of Mr Soetes, the Honorary Consul to the Netherlands, Annelies Reugebrink, said that:
"I give an assurance to lend support to Safe Communities Algarve whenever necessary. Working closely together with the local GNR initiative Residencia Segura (Safe Residents Program), this initiative should also improve the safety of Dutch residents, in the resorts as well as in the more rural areas"
HM Ambassador to the Netherlands
Background to establishing
Algarve was created by David Thomas a former Assistant Commissioner
of the Hong Kong Police and consultant to INTERPOL and the
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.
Since 2009 he
has been actively involved in promoting crime prevention in
giving presentations to organizations such as International
Rotary, British Consulate Outreach events, AFPOP Eastern
Section and the public together with the GNR. He has visited victims of crime, assisted the police
and civil authorities in the Region and helped promote and develop
the Safe Residence Program.
In October 2011
David created Safe Communities Algarve as a further step in providing comprehensive crime prevention information and services to the community.
On 2nd November 2012 Safe communities Algarve was registered as a non-profit Association, named "Associação Safe Communities Algarve".
Associação Safe Communities Algarve
Elected Key Officials 2013-16
David Thomas - President
Natasha Gilbertson - Treasurer
Marianne Guerreiro - Member
Raoul Rui Martinez - President
Miguel Sento da Costa - President
Thank you for taking the time to visit this website. If you have any suggestions for crime prevention topics that you feel would be of interest to the community please contact Safe Communities Algarve and we will try our best to include this on the Safe Communities Algarve platform.
In order to receive the latest updates and news about
crime prevention please go to the Contacts and Registration page
Lets make a difference by doing
what we can to promote “Safe Communities Algarve”
Communities Algarve is proud to be supported by the following
Government agencies and other authorities
Communities Algarve thanks the following media organizations for supporting it's work
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