First and foremost, I would like, on behalf of all the Camposol Security Groups coordinators and admins, to wish everyone a happy, prosperous and safe New Year.

It has been nearly 12 months since the current team took over running the Camposol Security Groups. There have been some spectacular ups and downs, some laughs and a few tears along the way. What has kept everyone going is the thought that we can make a difference to people living on Camposol and make the area a better, safer place to live, holiday and work. The feedback we often get via personal messages, is reassuring that what we are doing is appreciated and that drives us on to try even harder.

There will always be one or two, who for their own reasons, choose to post negative comments and generally seem to be ‘glass half empty’ type of people. Of course, everyone is entitled to their opinion, but before you criticise, please ensure you know the facts. Ultimately, please remember, as I’ve said many times, we are volunteers doing this in our own time for the benefit, in the main, of others. 

There were a number of burglaries during the latter part of November. These seemed to have been in the early evening when people had gone out. There have also been a few burglaries at holiday homes, where the security is not perhaps as good as it could be.

We continue to provide a translation service to report burglaries on Camposol, although this fund is dwindling with each crime reported. On the whole though, the last six months have been hugely successful for us compared to the same time last year. Burglaries are about a quarter of what they were. This, I have no doubt, is mainly due to volunteer patrollers and rooftop watchers challenging anything and anyone who looks or is acting suspicious. The amount of reports we get is amazing and we try to follow up as many as we can. Also, people seem more likely to report these incidents to the Police, who are responding positively. There have recently been a number of excellent reports by our team which has led to Police intervention. Word is definitely getting out that we are no longer an easy touch. Please keep these reports coming in.

Finally, I would like to give a special mention to Alan Eustace (Locksmith). Alan has been working with our group for some time now, providing security services and advice and often being the one to let us know about burglaries we weren’t aware of. Alan has been known to turn out at all times of the day and night in order to secure premises, often when the owners are not present and on the ‘promise’ (or not) of payment, will carry out repairs. Thanks Alan, your support is much appreciated.

Kind Regards

Phil Wilcockson