Businesses across Marbella have welcomed the news that the Andalusian high court (TSJA) has given the green light to a scheme to roll out CCTV surveillance cameras at four points across the town. The number of cameras in total, though, will be fewer than initially requested by the town hall, according to sources at the TSJA, though the total is yet to be confirmed.
This matter was only brought to the table by the newly-installed PP council a matter of weeks ago when they described the project to increase security in some of the town's black spots as “necessary and a priority”.
After a number of studies analysing the incidence of crime across the town, carried out by both the Local and National Police, Puerto Banús, the Puerto Deportivo marina and the car parks at La Cañada and Elviria shopping centres were considered in need of extra surveillance.
Once the central government gives the final go-ahead, the cameras will be rolled out in the new year after new mayor Ángeles Muñoz increased next year's security budget by two million euros to cover the costs.
While both La Cañada and Elviria shopping centres have their own CCTV systems, the new camera will cover only public areas. They will be installed under the supervision of the TSJA and the central government so as to ensure that citizens' rights to privacy are not compromised. All of the new cameras will be controlled by the Local and National Police.
This is not the first time surveillance of this type has been used in Marbella. A trial was carried out at the recent San Bernabé fair under the former PSOE-led council and the deputy mayor's office in San Pedro has requested the same for its fair which takes place from 16 to 22 October.