Summer is well and truly over and has been largely successful in relation to the number of reported burglaries on Camposol.
During the months of August, September and October, the amount of crime reported was in single figures. Indeed, from 30th September to 8th November there were no burglaries reported at all! This was a great achievement by everyone involved. Thank you if you took part in any way.
That’s the good news!!!
On the downside, as we have predicted all along, the second week in November has seen burglaries once again being reported. Strangely, the few houses broken into have alarms, which are clear to see. I can only assume that the offenders are working on the basis that if there is an alarm fitted, then there must be something worth stealing. The offenders are not spending a lot of time in the premises; just grabbing small items such as cash and jewellery and making good their escape. These offences are predominately being committed early to late evening. The Guardia have some good CCTV which they are examining and some details of a suspect car they are interested in.
Can I ask everyone please, for the time being, if you hear an alarm sounding, please report it on one of the relevant security sites. If it is feasible and safe to do so, please check it out, looking for any suspicious vehicles on the way. If you are unable to do this and are in anyway concerned, please report the alarm to the Guardia. (You can always cancel them if it is a false alarm.)
A lot has been mentioned recently about street lighting, or the lack of it and the fact that Camposol is not gated. Both of these issues in my opinion have a bearing on Camposol’s vulnerability in relation to crime, and in particular burglaries. I whole heartedly agree with the many comments that it should not be like this and I know there have been several campaigns to try and remedy the situation. The fact of the matter is, we are where we are and although it may be wrong, it would be foolish to think that anything is going to change soon. That said, we have to work with what we’ve got. In short, we need to light up our homes and make it less attractive for the criminals to move about amongst us. If every home had outside lights on, it would make a world of difference.
In relation to the gated issue, as I understand it, as Camposol is not an entity, then it would be unlawful for us to do this. However, having liaised with the Guardia, we are permitted to have ‘spotters’ on the entrances and exits making notes of vehicles coming onto, or leaving Camposol. This is something we will be looking at in the future.