RATE FOR 2012 REMAINS BELOW AVERAGE DESPITE INCREASE
22nd March 2013
Policía Local de Xàbia has released
its annual report for 2012 which has shown that despite
a large increase in requests for service, the overall
crime rate for the town remains below the average for
the province of Alicante. The report was presented by
José Antonio Monfort, chief of the Polícia
Local, and councillor Juan Ortolá (Public
Safety) who said that the increase in calls for assistance
showed that there has been an increase in the effectiveness
of response times and a confirmed commitment to community
policing from the very top.
requests for assistance were broken down into four categories:
35% were related to administrative issues, 25% to traffic
incidences, 20% to public safety issues and 16% to welfare,
such as health, care or animals.
terms of traffic, the Policía Local handled
almost 6,700 complaints, 45% less than 2011, which has
been attributed to an increased awareness of parking
restrictions and the fact that SUMA had become responsible
for collecting the fines and thus residents had become
more aware of not breaking the rules. In addition, reduced
parking charges have seen increased use of the designated
parking facilities in the town. Accidents involving
injuries which the police have been obliged to attend
as well as those incidents that require traffic regulation
have remain at levels similar to previous years.
terms of prevention and control efforts, forming part
of the Plan Local de Seguridad, these have
improved with the local police force working alongside
the Guardia Civil and the Policía de
la Generalitat to man and operate 71 control points
to check some 600 vehicles and identify 891 people.
These checks have been successful in identifying people
with previous convictions and discovering suspicious
items inside the vehicles. Through this initiative,
the security authorities have very recently been able
to identify and confirm the whereabouts of two people,
one with 38 previous convictions and the other with
a criminal history related to burglary.
over 630 calls to the police have been related to security,
mostly for robbery and theft as well as disorderly conduct.
Thefts have occurred almost entirely from unoccupied
houses and from supermarkets where the accused have
tried to steal cosmetics and other expensive items to
sell on; the report noted that there has been a large
increase in the latter offence. In response, the police
have reached an agreement with the courts to encourage
quicker sentencing for perpetrators of this type of
the report showed that the average crime rate if 23.28
per 1,000 residents, a figure that remains below the
average of 25.44 for the province of Alicante as a whole
and councillor Juan Ortolá praised the strong
performance of the 77 officers of the Policía
Local who effectively patrol the municipality.