Portugal´s only registered non-profit crime prevention association providing dedicated information and support services to the community

18th May 2019


As you may be aware with a number of seminars that we have been arranging the recent escalation of fire risk and the consequences arising from this, we have yet again experienced a very busy period - hence the slight delay in the publication of this newsletter.

Much of our Facebook page has been given to keeping people aware of the fire risks and the importance of government decisions to introduce temporary measures to prohibit completely in 10 regions the burning of piled debris and uncut vegetation. This is irrespective of the actual fire risk in your municipality (which could be low) or whether prior to the ban you had been given approval.

This is important firstly because failure to follow may result in severe penalties, but more importantly, burning when temperatures are high, humidity is low and there are moderate or high winds increases greatly the spread of fires.  

When fires start in high wind conditions embers can "fly" hundreds of metres and start multiple fires. Often media state multiple fires starting not far apart around the same time are the work of arsonists, but in reality it is from flying embers. 

Our three events since the last newsletter went very well, with around 5000 people passing by our stand at Faro Airport on 15th April, around 20,000 passing by at Mar Shopping on 17th April. These two events were aimed to directly engage tourists in an informal and positive way in respect of crime prevention and in this respect both events were very successful. More expected in due course.

On 10th May we held a Conference: " Tourism - Responding to the effects of Climate change and high impacts events", co-organised by Regional Tourism Algarve. Despite having some 11 officials and expert presenters covering a topic not previously covered in the Algarve, the tourism industry was generally not well represented, particularly the hotel sector. As I stated at the conference "t he message of safety must be inculcated throughout the tourism industry from top line managers to front line staff." 
We are following up on this topic with the relevant authorities concerned.

We thank all our sponsors for your help in enabling us to continue to do the work that we do. Thank you: Buy Portugal, Currencies Direct, Algarve Getaways, Portugal Property and Avalon Funeral Plans   for sponsoring this newsletter.

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David Thomas
Safe Communities Portugal

Portugal: Domestic violence causing death worryingly high 

On 13th May APAV presented the statistical report of the Support Network for Relatives and Friends of Victims of Homicide and Victims of Terrorism (RAFAVHVT).

The report for 2018 on the support provided by this sub-network of APAV and the work of the Observatory of Homicide Crimes (OCH) - Press Office of Murder Crimes in Portugal and Portuguese Dead Abroad.

In 2018, the RAFAVHVT carried out 1218 cases, including new support processes and cases that it has been monitoring from previous years, to which 28 attempted murder crimes and 19 homicide crimes in the consummated form were added in 2018.

The report concluded that domestic violence resulting in death is disproportionately high in Portugal and in nearly a third of cases reported to the country's Victim Support Association (APAV) there was an intimate relationship between the victim and the attacker.

"Relationships between spouses, boyfriends and girlfriends, ex-boyfriends and girlfriends, partners and ex-partners, represent 31.25% of all different types of relationships," APAV said.

Analysing the 38 cases of attempted homicide presented by the support network, the number showed that almost 40% of them (11) resulted from an intimate relationship between the aggressor and the victim, with four cases committed by the spouse, three by a partner and three others by an ex-partner.

Prime Minister calls for 'national mobilisation' for cleaner and safer forest

Prime Minister António Costa reiterated "the call for a national mobilization" to continue to change the attitude and behaviour towards the forest and rural fires during a biweekly debate on "Strategy and Management of Rural Fires", in the Assembly of the Republic.

This change is "fundamental for the revitalization of the interior, mitigation of climate change for future generations", he stressed.
The Prime Minister recalled that "in 2017, the Portuguese society recognized the limitations of a combat-centred system, which coexisted with a self-reliant landscape and where risky behaviour occurred". 

A new consensus was created that "has given priority to structural reform of the forest and preventive action on measures centred on combat". 

António Costa said that because of the climate change that "increases the danger and frequency of fires, we will only be less vulnerable if we change the landscape, if we ensure the active management of the forest and the interfaces with the villages and if we change behaviour, regarding burning of uncut vegetation and piles of debris that cause more than half of the fires'.

If in 2018 there was a '44% reduction in the number of fires and a 68% reduction in the area burned compared to the average of the previous 10 years', this should not give the country a sense of security because 'structural risk persists'.

António Costa emphasized that "prevention and fighting can only contribute to gaining some time for the forestry sector to reform and structural measures produce results", so "postponing structural measures is postponing sustained results". 

Breaking News

Man posing as a police officer threatens attack at Saturday's football final celebrations at Marquês de Pombal, Lisbon - since denied

The PSP is investigating the case of a man posing as a police officer and using social media to threaten that he would commit an attack at the Marquis de Pombal, Lisbon during the forthcoming football title festivities, unless five million euros is paid to him.. 

"Someone who pays me five million dollars to give to my family, or I will put on a vest with bombs and I go there in the middle," wrote the individual, who claims to be a PSP agent since 2015 and studied at a high school in Maia. 

The National Directorate of the PSP, has issued a statement on their Facebook page on 17th May at 1000 hrs stating that the man does not currently work, and has never worked for the PSP, and are investigating the case.

The alleged author has since claimed in the local media that someone "used my photographs that were on my Facebook to create another fake profile and write that horrible comment. I already received death threats. I cannot understand why they did this to me" he said. However, he was fired from the company he worked for"

The Facebook page owner states he does not know who was the author of the comment, but has already filed a complaint to the PSP. The profile has since been deleted.

Police, Lisbon City Hall and the various authorities are putting in place crowd management plans for the expected crowds in Lisbon on Saturday night following the national football championship final.

In a statement the PSP stated: "The PSP strongly condemns any comments and positions that demonstrate the lack of civility and respect for the rights of all citizens or that call for violence or any acts contrary to the Law."

Top Stories

New law imposes a maximum of 25 weapons on hunters

Revision of the "Arms Act" was unanimously approved by the Assembly of the Republic.

The sixth amendment to the Legal Regiment of Arms and Ammunition is approved. The so-called "Law of Arms" was voted on Wednesday 15 th May with the approval of all parties represented in the Assembly of the Republic and imposes a maximum of 25 shotguns and rifles per hunter.

The first proposal put forward by the Government for the reformulation of the standard has generated a strong opposition among hunters, collectors, shooting practitioners, gunsmiths and many of those who have a license to use and carry a weapon. 

They argued that the new definitions of what is a weapon and the restrictions imposed would increase the discretionary power of those who oversee and could increase the arms trade. 

The associations linked to the sector also ensured that the initial wording of the law would allow for various interpretations of what is a crime and prohibited legal hitherto weapons.

Ministry of Internal Administration confident of a "solution in the next few days" for SIRESP
The Minister of Internal Affairs expressed his confidence on 16 th May, that a "solution will be found in the next few days" in negotiations with the managing body of the Integrated System of Emergency and Security Networks of Portugal SIRESP).

"The specific technical-financial issues are well delivered and I trust they will have a solution in the next few days," Eduardo Cabrita, told reporters at the end of the military ceremony that marked the Republican National Guard's Intervention Unit Day, told reporters.

The Minister of Internal Affairs also said that SIRESP has since last year, 451 satellite antennas and 18 units of electrical back up, pointing out that "they are working".

Last week, the SIRESP network, the system of emergency and safety communication networks used, for example, in fires, threatened to stop its back up equipment due to a state debt of 11 million euros.

On Monday morning, the PM announced in parliament that negotiations between the state and society that manages the SIRESP communications network would be completed in the following hours and admitted the existence of a "financial issue" that divides the parties.

António Costa admitted that the object of the negotiation between the executive and PT / Altice that is in progress, involves the acquisition of the shareholder position by the State in SIRESP.  The SIRESP network is held by 52.1% by Altice Portugal, 33% by the State and 14.9% by Motorola Solutions.

After the fires of 2017, the Government approved a new contract with the SIRESP managing body in the Council of Ministers, which was due to come on stream in 2018, but was twice awarded by the Court of Auditors.

Portugal: Leiria-Fátima cardinal calls for abuse cases to be passed to police

The cardinal of Portugal's Leiria-Fátima diocese, António Marto, has called for allegations of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church to be communicated to the legal authorities, which he said are best placed to investigate.

During a news conference on the May pilgrimage to the shrine at Fátima, Portugal's most important pilgrimage site, Cardinal Marto welcomed the position taken by Pope Francis on sexual abuse, that it is mandatory to create a structure to register abuse allegations, while also protecting those who report it.

In April, church officials in Lisbon said in a radio interview that they would set up a commission to receive and screen such abuse allegations.

Asked by Lusa whether the church should be doing this screening or communicating allegations directly to the authorities, Cardinal Marto said that, in his view, it "must be communicated to the judicial authorities as soon as possible."

Police and prosecutors, he argued, "have more human resources, more effective and more efficient instruments to ascertain the truth", adding that this was his personal opinion on the subject.

Cardinal Marto recalled that Pope Francis has only made it mandatory within the church to report such allegations, noting that, while in Portugal it is not mandatory to pass on such complaints to the legal authorities, in France it is, and that a failure to do so has even led to the trial and sentencing of a cardinal there.

In February, the spokesman of the Portuguese Episcopal Conference (CEP), Manuel Barbosa, said that there were "very few" cases reported to ecclesiastical tribunals and in "more than half" of them investigations were discontinued for lack of evidence.

Passenger fined €2000 for having his phone on "Flight mode"

A passenger flying to Funchal had to pay a fine of two thousand euros for having put the phone in "flight mode" instead of turning it off

If you travel by plane, you know that during the trip you should turn off your mobile phone or put it in "flight mode". The reason for doing so is that the device may interfere with the aircraft's communications system.

But not completely turning off the phone may end up in fine. This is what happened to a passenger who was travelling to Funchal. According to Deco (Portuguese Consumer organisation), this passenger disobeyed the indications of the crew to turn off the device and put it in "flight mode" only. The result was a fine of two thousand euros.

When he landed at Funchal, the passenger had the authorities waiting for him to identify him. Months later, the passenger was notified by the National Civil Aviation Authority (ANAC) to pay a fine of two thousand euros, on the grounds that the phone could interfere with the aircraft's communications system, even in "flight mode".

Notable Arrests

Books exported from Portugal to Sydney containing cocaine

More than 1.70 kilograms of cocaine were found hidden inside children's books exported from Portugal to Sydney, Australia.

The news was reported on 14th May Tuesday by the Australian news agency Australian Associated Press, which cites the local police. According to the source, the books were detected in two landings made on May 1 and 4.

Officials from the country's border security forces radiographed and inspected shipments and found 1.72 kg of cocaine, worth an estimated $ 645,000 ($ 400,000)

Officials arrested a 31-year-old man in Vaucluse, eastern Sydney, on Friday 10th May, seizing electronic gadgets, documents and a small amount of cannabis..

The detainee will appear in court, accused of importing drugs, as well as possession of cannabis.

Operation "Safe Out" - Trafficking in narcotics

The Judicial Police, through the Department of Criminal Investigation of Funchal, with the collaboration of Criminal Investigation Department of Aveiro, undertook this week Operation "Safe Out ", aimed at the dismantling a group that was dedicated to drug trafficking in the Autonomous Region of Madeira.

Under this Operation, 11 searches were carried out in Madeira and Aveiro. Small amounts of amphetamines and other drugs were seized, plus 2 scales, 7 mills to grind narcotics, 10 vehicles, about 15 mobile phones, 4 computers and € 18,340 cash Four men, aged between 30 and 42 years were arrested.

About 25 kg of hashish were seized inside 2 lockers that were closed and were transported along with other objects by sea freight.

Three of the detainees, after appearing before the judicial authorities, were subject to the preventive detention orders, the fourth being subject to daily presentation to the authorities.

Since the beginning of December 2018, three men, aged 53, 38 and 35, were arrested and apprehended as a result of the information collected in this investigation, involved in the trafficking to the United Kingdom authorities, of hashish, transported by car from the region of Aveiro.

Safe Communities Portugal 

Safe Communities makes proposals for SIMPLEX program 

On 10th May Safe Communities Portugal attended a meeting with the Secretary of State for Tourism Ana Gordinho and the Secretary of State State Assistant and of Administrative Modernisation Luís Goes Pinheiro to discuss the next round of the Simplex program.

The idea was to raise new proposals which could be included in the program, under the context of tourism. SCP, represented by David Thomas President and David Marion Adviser raised the following two topics:

Firstly the difficulties tourists sometimes encounter if they are a victim of crime in reporting this to police. The electronic on-line reporting system does not allow those without a digital signature to use it, and visiting a police station usually requires the presence of an interpreter as the complaint must be made in Portuguese. It is not uncommon for two or, in some cases, three visits to be made to report a crime, to ensure the interpreter is available.

The second point raised was a request to simplify information available to people who wished to invest in a business in Portugal. At present the laws concerning this were in Portuguese and this made it more challenging for overseas visitors. SCP mentioned if the program already in place to translate Portuguese laws into English, could give priority to those which concerned investment thus helping the Portuguese economy.

Regarding the reporting of crime, a discussion was held concerning the possibilities which could be considered and Luís Goes Pinheiro  stated he would take this matter up.

Concerning investments, Ana Gordinho stated that this would indeed have benefits and she expected progress by June in making more information available in English to overseas investors.

What is SIMPLEX?

Making citizens and businesses everyday life easier - by cutting red tape, reducing compliance costs and using ICT to deliver better public services - has become a priority goal for the Portuguese Government.

Local News

Appointment of new GNR Commander for the Algarve

The new commander of the GNR Faro Territorial Command,  Lieutenant Colonel Pedro Oliveira, wants to maintain climate "of peace and tranquility" in the Algarve.

Maintaining the "safety and well-being" of the population of the Algarve is the main priority of Pedro Oliveira, who took office on 10th May, replacing Coronel Joaquim Crasto.

At the inauguration ceremony,  he expressed satisfaction that this was an "important milestone in his career". He added that: "strengthening the proximity of society, rationalising resources, modernising and streamlining processes and procedures, cooperation and collaboration with other institutions and bodies ", were the four guidelines that are part of the strategic directive of Guarda 2020, and "will be my permanent reference ", in the Territorial Command of Faro.

The new head of the GNR in the Algarve also stated that he intends to "promote proximity and community policing" and "take an even more active role in defending the forests against fire".

In this context, Pedro Oliveira considers that the "commitment to prevention is essential" and promises "the commitment of the Guard in actions to control and raise awareness of the population, in collaboration with local authorities, to clean up land and create fuel management, which are essential for prevention of fires.


Safe Communities Portugal maintained very close liaison with Coronel Crasto over the last two years and he supported our events. 

We wish him a long and happy retirement. We also welcome Lieutenant Coronel Pedro Oliveira, who was previously serving in the Ministry of Internal Administration in Lisbon, to his new post and we look forward to working with him. 

Seized 720 kilograms of oysters that could have toxins in the Algarve

Officials inspecting the transport and sale of live bivalve molluscs, seized 720 kilograms of oysters with possible toxin contamination on Wednesday 15th May in Alvor, Portimão municipality, the GNR Control Unit (UCC) announced on Thursday.

They were identified as "Japanese oyster (crassostrea gigas)" caught in the Ria de Alvor, in the locality of Vale da Lama, in a prohibited catch zone, due to the possibility of contamination by toxins," the UCC said in a statement.

The operation was carried out by the Coastal Control Sub Unit of Portimão, "as part of an inspection to control the transportation and marketing of live bivalve molluscs". The oysters were  carried in sacks, in a car, driven by a 70 year old man, who was identified, as well as the company responsible for sales and transportation, said the GNR unit.

This infraction can be punished with "maximum fine of 44,890 euros, since it is a collective person", (a company) explained the same source.

The GNR welcomed the fact that it prevented oysters from entering the commercial market and thus "avoiding public health risks" from those who could have eaten them.

The same source also revealed that it returned the 720 kilograms of oysters to the natural habitat because they were still alive.

Man arrested for causing fire in the centre of Faro  

The fire occurred at a home occupied by homeless people in the city centre after a quarrel over a room. A 37-year-old detainee has a criminal record for physical offences.

The Judiciary Police (PJ), through the Southern Board, detained an individual suspected of having intentionally caused a fire in a residence in the centre of the city of Faro, the police force stated.

According to a communiqué from the PJ, there are "strong indications that, on the night of May 6, at around 8 pm, the detainee ignited a fire in a dwelling that was being occupied by others." The origin of the criminal act was "an altercation with one of the residents over a room dispute".

The PJ stresses that "only the prompt intervention of the firemen prevented the flames from spreading to other dwellings, but endangered the property and the lives of other residents."

The 37-year-old detainee, without any occupation and with police records for the crime of physical offences, will be present the judicial interrogation to apply for conditions pending trial.


Portugal is the 2nd country in the world most affected by spam and phishing

According to data from security company Kaspersky, recently published, 22% of the Portuguese population was the target of a computer attack attempt in 2018.

Portugal is the second country in the world with the highest percentage of single users affected by spam and phishing. According to the figures revealed, almost one in four of the population was the target of a computer attack last year.

In the first place in the ranking comes Brazil, a country in which 28% of the population was the target of spam or phishing in 2018. Just below Portugal comes Australia, a nation in which 20% of the population was targeted by cybercriminals.

Overall, according to Kaspersky Lab Spam and Phishing report for 2018, Portugal ranks 16th in the list of countries that are the preferred targets of hackers in attacks carried out by mass mailing, receiving 1. 6% of all malicious emails sent globally.

According to the same report, China is the country from which more spam messages are sent, representing 11.69% of the total number of malicious messages sent globally. In second place the US, responsible for 9.04% of the world spam, followed by Germany with 7.17%. In this ranking Portugal does not even appear in the top 20 of the most 'spam' producing nations.

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Did the CTT offer you a mobile phone? It's fraud, according to the PSP

The PSP warned,on 14th May, through its Facebook page, of an online fraud that uses the image of CTT - Correios de Portugal.

This can appear as a pop up when using the internet or a message with a link using your mobile phone. It states that you have been a winner of an iPhone, through a CTT hobby".

In the image that accompanies the publication, you can see a window in which, presenting the logo and colours of the Correios de Portugal, the user is offered a mobile phone. 

It reads: "Dear customer, today you were chosen as a winner of an iPhone XS or a Samsung S9. Click 'OK' to receive your reward before it is assigned to another person," it reads.


First thing is that this is implausible. No one is going to give you a gift if you have not entered you name into anything.

If you receive the message, do not be tempted, DO NOT click on any link and simply delete.

WhatsApp was breached: Here's what users need to do

A cybersecurity breach in Facebook's messaging app WhatsApp left users unknowingly vulnerable to malicious spyware installed on their smartphones, WhatsApp admitted on 13th May. 

The security vulnerability affects both iPhone and Android devices, and WhatsApp is urging users to update their apps as soon as possible.

WhatsApp, which is used by over 1.5 billion people, confirmed the vulnerability in a statement, but didn't name the perpetrator. 

"WhatsApp encourages people to upgrade to the latest version of our app, as well as keep their mobile operating system up to date, to protect against potential targeted exploits designed to compromise information stored on mobile devices," the company said in a statement.

"We are constantly working alongside industry partners to provide the latest security enhancements to help protect our users."

Facebook issued a security advisory confirming the vulnerability on Monday that outlines which versions of WhatsApp where affected. 

Crime Prevention

Attempting to travel on a cancelled passport

Cases have been brought to our attention recently where travellers, who have previously reported their passport  missing or stolen in their own country, but subsequently found and used it to travel to Portugal, have had it seized by immigration upon arrival.

Once you have declared your travel document as lost or stolen to your national authorities, it is cancelled and considered invalid. The details of the document are passed on to INTERPOL and entered into their stolen or lost travel documents (SLTD) database.

Border officials in INTERPOL's member countries can screen passenger information directly against the SLTD database.

If you try to travel with an invalid document, entry or boarding is denied. The travel document is seized to prevent its future use and you cannot travel.

If you have reported your passport lost or stolen, but subsequently find it you should report this to the issuing authority and apply for a new one. Do not attempt to travel with a document that you have reported as lost or stolen.  

A Guide to Safe Holiday Holidays

We all look forward to our holidays, and an overseas vacation enables us to take a well-deserved break.

Unfortunately, however, we live in an ever increasingly troubled world, so we have to take greater care in planning our time abroad.

Safe Communities therefore has developed and produced a comprehensive guide to help you plan, prepare and undertake your holidays with the aim of you having a safe and trouble free time.

This guide covers matters to consider at the earliest stages of planning, safety whilst travelling and during your stay at your chose destination.

The guide can be downloaded in English here.

Crime prevention advice beaches and car parks

With the hot weather more people are visiting the fantastic beaches that Portugal has to offer, some of the best in the world.

However, there are of course those who take the advantage of this to commit crime, mainly thefts from hire cars and other opportunist crime such as stealing goods that have been left unattended. Nearly all of this type of crime is preventable.

Such thefts, especially when passports and credit cards are concerned, can have a serious impact on a holiday so it is best to take simple crime prevention advice. 

We have a comprehensive "Stay Safe" crime prevention series and the following two in particular are very useful in reducing the risk of becoming a victim of these sorts of crime.

Driving and car parking

Civil Protection and Public Safety

Rural Fire Statistics
According to the ICNF the number of rural fires from 1 st January to 16 th May stood at 2825 incidents burning an area of 5548 hectares.

Of these 45% were forest fires, 51% bush fires and 3% agriculture fires.

Of the total number of fires 2346 occurred in the north of the country, 405 in the centre and 77 in the Algarve.

The primary cause of fires remains human negligence and in 2018 over half the fires that occoured were a result of burning of uncut vegetation or piled debris becoming out of control. 

Safety at Beaches

Portugal has some beautiful beaches but please look out for some cliffs that maybe unstable. These are marked by signs to ensure people are aware.

Due to cliff erosion there are occasionally incidents of rock falls so it is best to avoid sitting on beaches close to these cliffs.

In the Algarve, 14 beaches are thus classified, with government newspaper Diário da República, recommending beachgoers exercise caution and that anyone under the age of 13 should be accompanied by an adult.

The number of beaches in the Algarve has been 'increased by one' this year: Praia dos Coreanos, in Portimão.

Dogs in hot cars

Not so much public safety but certainly an opportune reminder concerning animal safety.

Many people still believe that it's ok to leave a dog in a car on a warm day if the windows are left open or they're parked in the shade, but the truth is, it's still a very dangerous situation for the dog.

When it's 22 C degrees, in a car it can reach an unbearable 47 C degrees within the hour. One can only imagine the situation when it is 30 C plus as of today.

If you see a dog in distress for instance in a supermarket car park, seek the assistance of the staff or security at the supermarket and see if they can locate the owner.

Overseas News

150,000 litres of fake Extra Virgin Olive Oil seized from "Well Oiled Gang"

Experts from Europol's Intellectual Property Crime Coordinated Coalition - IPC3 supported the Italian NAS Carabinieri and the Tribunal of Darmstadt in Germany, in the arrest of 20 individuals and the seizure of 150 000 litres of fake olive oil. The criminals, who raked in up to € 8 million every year in criminal profit, modified the colour of low quality oils to sell them on the Italian and German markets as extra virgin olive oil.

The investigation began with the identification of a criminal organisation suspected of tampering with large quantities of sunflower oil in Italy. The gang made this poor quality oil look like extra virgin olive oil by adding chlorophyll, beta-carotene and soya oil. After this process, the suspects sold the counterfeit oil on the German market, trying to sell it to restaurant owners.

The activities at this oil mill were carried out in unsanitary conditions. While some of the workers were responsible for the production and packaging of the product, the ones with bigger credit worthiness delivered the fake oil in vehicles every two weeks.

Once in Germany, the counterfeit product was stored in logistics companies waiting to be distributed onto the German market. In some instances, the fake olive oil completely replaced the genuine one.

20 house searches were carried out in Italy and Germany and a total of 150 000 litres of fake olive oil seized at different locations, including five lorries transporting 23 000 litres of counterfeit oil each.

It is estimated that the suspects gained around €8 million every year, taking into account that they acquired one million litres of sunflower oil every year for approximately one million euros, and they sold the counterfeit product between € 5 and €10 per litre.

Gang of fraudsters jailed for 43 years following Metropolitan Police investigation

A gang of fraudsters have been jailed for a total of more than 43 years for their parts in the theft of millions of pounds from businesses and individuals in the UK and abroad.

Ten people were convicted between 26 and 28 March for their roles in a large-scale "diversion fraud" scam using hacking software following a six-month trial, and sentenced at Blackfriars Crown Court on Thursday, 2 May:

The court heard during the trial that the gang targeted businesses and individuals by hacking into their email accounts, and stealing large sums of money.

Officers from the Metropolitan Police Falcon Fraud Squad launched the investigation after receiving referrals from Action Fraud UK. Detectives identified a total of 228 separate frauds committed by the same network between 2014 to 2018, and totalling £10,112,312.54.

A total of 69 victims provided evidence during the trial. Many of them have been unable to recover their losses.

Several victims were traced with the help of the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau whose Action Fraud service allows both domestic and overseas victims to report fraud online. 

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How you can help - Donation for crime prevention in Portugal

Each week Safe Communities Portugal provides advice and assistance to those who have contacted the association. No charge is made for this service. If you have benefited from this then why not make a small donation in return. 


Safe Communities Portugal is a non-profit association run by unpaid volunteers. Our services are free of charge and the association is funded by donations. Your generosity by making a donation to help maintain and further develop the work of the association and thereby help keep Portugal a safe place to live and visit would be appreciated. Any amount helps.  

Three ways to make a donation


Paypal - If you would like to make a donation through Paypal please visit our Welcome page and click on the "donate" button. 

By cheque - If you wish to donate by cheque the bank account name is "Associacao SCP Safe Communities Portugal" and cheques can be posted to Caixa 207-Z, Alfontes, Boliqueime, 8100-062, Algarve.

By interbank transfer - If you wish to donate through inter bank transfer please use the same name with the following account details NIB 0033 0000 4542 9864 44705. 

All donations should be marked "Donation for crime prevention". Thank you.

Safe Communities Portugal - Regular Features
Just a reminder that in addition to our website and Facebook page, Safe Communities Portugal produces regular crime prevention features to help the community. These are  in the Algarve Resident and the next one is out  7th June 2019.

We also have a 5 minute feature named "Crimecheck" on Sir Owen Gee's Solid Gold Sunday which is usually aired at 0915 hrs on the last Sunday of each month. Over the last few months with the kind agreement of Owen we have run additional features covering topical issues, such as fire protection.  The next one is on  26th May 2019.  

How your friends can obtain up to date Crime Prevention advice
Please pass on details of Safe Communities Algarve to neighbours and friends so they to can benefit from the up to date crime prevention advice. Simply ask them to click on the following link to obtain the latest newsletter: www.safecommunitiesportugal.com This is a free service.



David Thomas

Safe Communities Portugal



18th May 2019