Christmas security in Spains Malaga has been strengthened by the addition of almost 3,000 extra police officers
Public safety is being taken very seriously this year in the province of Malaga. This first post-pandemic December for nearly three years will see the arrival of an extra 2,275 Guardia Civil and National police officers patrolling the streets of the municipality.
The spokesperson for the PSOE party, Javier Salas, said that the province will be provided with the “necessary personnel” to make sure that the festive period will be celebrated as “peacefully as possible”.
Traditionally, thieves target tourists, the elderly, and local citizens as they know these groups of people carry cash with them to purchase gifts for family and friends.
With this initiative, it is hoped that the highly visible police presence will serve as a deterrent. December 24, 31, New years and The Three Kings Parade will receive special treatment, according to Salas. Areas, where people congregate in numbers, will have plain closed officers watching for any suspicious activity.
In Marbella and San Pedro, an extra 150 officers, in coordination with other emergency services, will be added to the police presence already drafted in for the festive period,
“We are going to provide the necessary personnel so that these dates are celebrated as peacefully as possible,” said the head of Marbella’s local force, Javier Martín, adding that the Three Kings parades held in Marbella, San Pedro Alcántara, Las Chapas, and Nueva Andalucía will also be carefully patrolled.
It is advised to be aware of your surroundings and keep valuables in a safe place as you shop around any large city.