SATE move suc­cess

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - NEWS - By Irena Bodnarec ibodnarec@cb­

SINCE the For­eign Tourist As­sis­tance Of­fice – SATE, moved to the Rin­con de Loix area of Benidorm, fig­ures show a 14% in­crease in re­ported crimes. This comes as no sur­prise to many who had been cam­paign­ing for it to be re­lo­cated since it first opened in the old town.

The of­fice was even­tu­ally moved, fol­low­ing re­peated re­quests to its cur­rent lo­ca­tion at the be­gin­ning of May, in the heart of the busy tourist zone fre­quented by Bri­tish hol­i­day­mak­ers. De­spite the au­thor­i­ties al­ways claim­ing that crime fig­ures dropped from one year to the next, it was ev­i­dent that this was only be­cause the process to re­port in­ci­dents such as mug­gings and pick pock­et­ing was dif­fi­cult, in­con­ve­nient and com­pli­cated.

The SATE is cur­rently open 7 days a week, from 09.00 un­til 21.00 Mon­day to Fri­day and un­til 14.00 at the week­end al­though from Oc­to­ber on­wards it will close at 15.00 and com­pletely over the week­end. This will ob­vi­ously be the next cam­paign, to put pres­sure on the town hall for it to re­main open all year round like over the sum­mer pe­riod.

But the big ques­tion is will it hap­pen, es­pe­cially as more peo­ple will likely re­port a crime there­fore year on year fig­ures will show a marked in­crease, cer­tainly not some­thing which the au­thor­i­ties will want to pro­mote!

Busi­nesses have al­ready re­ported a 50% de­crease in sales over this sum­mer, which they put down to a fall in Bri­tish vis­i­tor num­bers and re­quested an ur­gent meet­ing the mayor, Toni Perez. Some busi­nesses ­ cafes, sou­venir shops and bars which CBN spoke with, said that they even had to lay staff off over the sum­mer as they weren’t busy and couldn’t jus­tify the over­heads. Is this a sign of things to come ahead of Brexit one has to won­der…

The re­cently­opened SATE of­fice in Rincón de Loix area

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