Mijas politicians demand police increase

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POLITICIANS from Ciudadanos and the Partido Popular in Mijas have discussed increasing police presence following a hike in crime figures.

While crime in Malaga province has shown a small increase, Mijas has bucked the trend, with figures going up by as much as 77% in home burglaries.

In the first quarter of 2016, 1,077 crimes were committed in the town, whereas in the first three months of this year, that figure increased by 12.6% to 1,213. Thefts saw the biggest rise, with burglaries of shops and commercial premises up by 75% and 16% in robberies.

Home burglaries sky rocketed from 88 in the first three months of last year, to 156 this year.

The Partido Popular claim “sparse police presence,” as well as the “questionable direction,” of the Local Police are to blame. They have now called for more officers to patrol the streets, and for a re-think of how resources are used, saying there had been, “ample examples over the last two years of (the police’s) manifest inability to manage their human resources,” adding, “unfortunately this burglary boom, mainly in housing developments, give the Partido Popular cause for concern for the security of our residents and tourists.”

According to popular sources, the “little police presence” in the streets of the municipality because of the accumulation of holidays, as well as the “questionable direction of the body”, have been the causes of these worrying data. “These show once again the little concern for the security of the citizens of the current municipal leaders as well as the direction of the Local Police,” they added.

Mijas’s Mayor, Juan Carlos Maldonado, says the Local Police received too much criticism for the crime increase, saying the responsibility instead lay with the National Police, commenting, “the law makes it clear what their powers are, and robberies to do not fall under the remit of the council.”

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