A SQUAD of thirty extra police officers from the police intervention unit are heading into Benidorm for the peak months of July and August.
In addition an extra reinforcement of eighty five Guardia Civil officers will relocate to the province of Alicante to work from stations in the smaller town in the area.
The unit based in Benidorm, which includes mounted police officers and trainees, will reinforce the fifty strong force already working permanently in the Costa Blanca’s major holiday playground.
Juan Carlos Moragues from the Valencian regional government said,
“Better coordination between all security forces is vital for the prevention of crime, both small-scale theft and robbery, organised crime”.
This news comes on the back of a report released from the National Police in Benidorm, who revealed a reduction in crime for the first six months of the year, of 5.8%, compared to 2016.
The figures covering the period from January 1 to June 25, show a drop of 17.8% in robberies from homes and premises.
Local police figures for the town also show a decrease in crime during the first quarter of the year up to the end of March.
Figures revealed a 23.6% reduction in robberies and a 23.3% reduction in robberies with violence and intimidation.
Moragues pointed out that in the whole of the Alicante Province during the first quarter of the year, a total of 21,168 crimes were reported, which means Benidorm’s figures of 12,000 reported crimes represents only 5.7% of the province’s total, despite the extra thousands of extra visitors to the town during this period.
Twenty three of the extra Guardia Civil officers will be based in coastal stations from San Juan in the South to Javea in the North, including Villajoyosa, Altea and Calpe.