Con­fus­ing se­cu­rity sta­tis­tics

Of­fi­cial data shows re­duc­tion in crime - yet busi­nesses say oth­er­wise

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - By Irena Bodnarec

Of­fi­cial data shows re­duc­tion in crime - yet busi­nesses say oth­er­wise

BENIDORM'S se­cu­rity coun­cil­lor, Lorenzo Mar­tinez, proudly an­nounced that ‘Global Data’ shows that tourists who visit Benidorm have a very good per­cep­tion of se­cu­rity in the re­sort – giv­ing it 8 out of 10 on Re­view­pro’.

He did add that the data an­a­lysed is part of what so­ci­ety thinks and does not nec­es­sar­ily es­tab­lish whether a des­ti­na­tion is safe or not but he did guar­an­tee that Benidorm is more than safe!

Con­fused by the state­ment – well you should be! To add to that, the chief of the Na­tional Po­lice stated that se­cu­rity is clas­si­fied as ex­cel­lent, with a 14% de­crease in crime year on year.

How­ever, these fig­ures are in di­rect con­tra­dic­tion to those pub­lished at a con­fer­ence or­gan­ised by the Ho­tel Tech­nol­ogy In­sti­tute, held in Benidorm last week. Over half of com­ments col­lected (52%) on safety were neg­a­tive and it was seen as crit­i­cal that the travel sec­tor es­tab­lished the rea­sons, so to be able to im­ple­ment an im­prove­ment strat­egy as soon as pos­si­ble.

A drop in ho­tel book­ings can par­tially be ex­plained by ris­ing prices and drop in ex­change rates, but com­ments left on so­cial me­dia sug­gest that a sense of se­cu­rity plays a far big­ger fac­tor than au­thor­i­ties seem to think.

Re­duc­ing ‘of­fi­cial’ fig­ures

Check any so­cial me­dia fo­rum re­gard­ing Benidorm and one topic is clear – es­ca­lat­ing crime and the ap­par­ent ap­a­thy by the po­lice and au­thor­i­ties to tackle the is­sue.

Pick­pock­ets are a cer­tainly com­mon­place in tourist des­ti­na­tions and Benidorm is no dif­fer­ent to Barcelona, Rome and Lon­don. But what is ex­as­per­at­ing many, are the known gangs of pre­dom­i­nantly African girls pur­port­ing to be pros­ti­tutes who are at­tack­ing lone males to steal their wal­lets and valu­ables.

Many hang out on the steps out­side the in­door mar­ket, op­po­site the Ho­tel Nereo and nu­mer­ous videos have been posted on so­cial me­dia of the gangs in ac­tion, filmed by hol­i­day­mak­ers from their ho­tel bal­conies.

De­spite re­peated re­quests for more po­lice pa­trols, in par­tic­u­lar by res­i­dents and Benidorm’s Bri­tish Busi­nesses As­so­ci­a­tion lit­tle has be­ing done.

They do not un­der­stand why polic­ing is so lax and de­spite prom­ises of change each year, noth­ing does, which is be­com­ing more con­cern­ing.

In fact, quite the op­po­site. The au­thor­i­ties re­sponse is to re­duce the open­ing hours of the newly re­lo­cated SATE of­fice, the place to go to re­port any crime. The new open­ing hours from Oc­to­ber to April are 9.00 un­til 15.00 Mon­day to Fri­day and com­pletely closed at the week­end! Well that’s cer­tainly one way to en­sure that ‘of­fi­cial fig­ures’ quoted by po­lice of crime rates in Benidorm are down year af­ter year.

New SATE of­fices - un­der­go­ing im­prove­ments and closed at week­ends

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Spain

© PressReader. All rights reserved.