Crime rates lower in Costa Blanca town but insecurity unchanged

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FORESIGHT: Mayor Jesus Villar puts citizen safety as a priority. ©MasfiestaTV/YouTube

DESPITE the fact that the number of crimes has officially decreased in the municipality of San Vicente del Raspeig, the overwhelming feeling of insecurity among local citizens remains.

This was the conclusion made as a result of the meeting of the Local Security Board that has taken place to discuss different aspects of security and policing, both in the town centre and surrounding urbanisations, especially with the upcoming Easter holiday period.

According to the official data, the crime rate in San Vicente continues to be below that of other municipalities with a similar population.

The figures for the past few years show a reduction to 35.54 per cent in 2017 (a fall of 1.40 per cent compared to the previous year) and down from 41.73 per cent in 2014.

The number of arrests during the past year was 370. Councillor for Security, Maria Isabel Martinez, told Spanish media that this decrease doesn’t lead to a lesser sense of insecurity, and pointed out that some robberies have been of a very serious nature and those of this type have in fact increased.

The mayor of San Vicente del Raspeig, Jesus Villar, said the council is working “with foresight and coordination in order to ensure the safety of both our local residents and visitors, particularly during local fiestas and the Moors and Christians. Safety has always been one of our priorities.”

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