Welcome to Safe Communities Algarve


Associação Safe Communities Algarve (SCA) 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.

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.


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

Europol news – Human trafficking network dismantled in Portugal


It has been reported by Europol that on 14 July 2014, Portuguese law enforcement... Read More

FCO – British Behaviour Abroad Report 2014


British visitors to Portugal most law abiding abroad

The British... Read More

Brits arrested for International drug trafficking


It was reported on 17th July 2014, that Judicial Police, through the National... Read More

Quarteira – GNR arrest person for drug trafficking


On 16th July 2014 the GNR arreted a 51 year old man for drug trafficking... 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