SATE move success
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