Welcome to Safe Communities Algarve


Safe Communities Algarve (SCA) is an operating name of Associação SCP Safe Communities Portugal and is Portugal’s only registered non-profit association providing a “one stop shop” of crime prevention information available to all members of the Algarve community.

View our Safe Communities Portugal here.

The aim of SCA is to promote safer communities, enhance security awareness and reduce the risk of becoming a victim of crime. It does this through a number of specific objectives covering police/public engagement; communication and awareness; as well as public support in the fight against crime.

SCA works closely with the GNR,  PSP,  Judicial Police,  SEF, ANPC, Turismo do Algarve, the municipalities, British Vice Consul and many other authorities in helping to keep the Algarve a safe place to live and visit. We are particular thankful to the Presidents of the various municipalities who have supported our seminars.

We have protocols with the District PSP, GNR and ANPC as well as with AMAL Intermunicipal Community of Algarve. There are 16 municipalities in the Algarve and there contact details can be found on the AMAL website municipal contact page here. Their monthly newsletter Invest Algarve” can be downloaded here.   The AMAL regional strategy supporting Program Regional Operational Algarve 2014-2020 (CRESC Algarve 2020) can be downloaded in Portuguese here.


SCA provides a diverse range of free services to the public which can be found under our How we help you page. These include promoting the GNR Safe Residence Programme, our public safety page and how to report a crime on-line.

With over 70 downloads the Crime Prevention Advice page has the most comprehensive range of crime prevention material available in the region. These range from protecting your home to reducing the risk of cybercrime.

To find out more about policing in your area, police arrests and whom to contact, visit the GNR page if you live in the rural areas or a small town, or visit the PSP police page if you live in the larger towns. Latest News is updated regularly.

To keep up to date with various crime arrests, crime prevention seminars, displays and other exhibitions organized by SCA in conjunction with the GNR, PSP and others, please visit our Latest News/Events page.

In order to receive the latest updates and news about crime prevention please sign up for free newsletter on this page. This is published fortnightly or more frequently if there are matters that need to be circulated urgently. Crime prevention involves us all.

Various businesses in the Algarve have contributed by setting high standards in their approach to crime prevention and their details can be found in the Safe Services Guide page.

Find out more about the history of SCA ,  our team, our supporters and protocols with various authorities.

If you have any suggestions for crime prevention topics that you feel would be of interest to the community, or need advice or help concerning policing and crime prevention issues please contact us.

Latest News

60 year old tourist bitten by snake in V.R.S.Antonio


On 15th June  a  60-year-old foreign tourist was bitten by a 1.20 meter... Read More

40 rental cars destroyed and a firefighter injured in Patacão, Faro


The fire began in a pasture zone on 13th June, but soon spread to the Zitauto rent-a-car vehicles,... Read More

Algarve – Four arrested for residential thefts – €149,000 in cash recovered


The GNR Regional Command of Faro, through the Criminal Investigation Centre... Read More

Albufeira: Maritime Police fine six unlicensed street vendors with items seized


The Maritime Police fined six unlicensed street vendors in an operation... Read More

Safe Communities Algarve is a non-profit association run by unpaid volunteers, your generosity by making a donation to help keep the Algarve a safe place to live and visit would be appreciated.

Please use the "donate" button above to make a donation using PayPal. If you wish to donate by cheque or by interbank transfer please contact SCA for our bank details using the contact page. All donations should be marked "Donation for crime prevention".

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Safe Communities Algarve is proud to be supported by the following Government agencies and other authorities

Faro Camara


Night Guard Service


Turismo Portugal

Victim Support

Loule Camara