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The televised search of Sir Cliff Richard’s property in the UK to my mind illustrates something that is inherently wrong in the relationship between the media and the police. In this case the BBC...

Readers may recall around a year ago I used an analogy of a 1970’s James Bond movie to describe the introduction of Personal Emergency Response Systems (PERS) into the Algarve and how this was a...

Now that we are virtually into the summer period and the weather has become much hotter, it is a good time to remind ourselves of the measures to prevent fires as well as the laws concerning the...

Vehicle crime prevention

For crime prevention to be successful it has to be relevant, timely and well focused. There would be little point, for instance, in writing about the theft of snow shoes here in the Algarve in the...

From Revolution to Evolution

April 25, 1974 || Overview of policing before and after the Revolution

About a month ago I visited the GNR station in Portimão and saw a group of school children watching the GNR dogs go...

Recently a headline in the UK press caught my eye as a reminder that during festive seasons such as Easter we should all be vigilant in looking after our possessions. It read: “A giant egg which...

This article has been inspired by a gentleman from the UK who was on holiday here in Portugal only to find, the day before leaving, money was stolen from him whilst travelling on a number 28 tram...

It seems just a moment ago that I was writing about the then newly-launched GNR Programa Residência Segura (Safe Residence Programme), or SRP as it is commonly known. In fact, during the four...

A gift for cyber criminals

For many computer gamers, Christmas 2013 was the highlight of the year when they unwrapped their eagerly awaited new PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, joining some four million others who purchased these...

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