It has taken more than ten years to get this far, but CCTV coverage is gradually expanding in Marbella. The aim is to cover the busiest areas with cameras controlled by the Local and National Police, and the first stage of the project has included La Cañada and Elviria shopping centres, the Virgen del Carmen marina and Puerto Banús. These are all expected to be in operation in early January.
Now, after discussions with business owners in the areas, plans for the second stage have been drawn up to cover the oldest parts of Marbella and San Pedro Alcántara.
In Marbella, there will be CCTV in the stretch of Avenida Ricardo Soriano between the Marbell Center and the old bus station, Avenida del Mar and several points along the seafront.
In San Pedro Alcántara, the cameras will cover the Plaza de la Iglesia, Avenida Marqués del Duero, the seafront and Avenida de la Libertad.
These plans have been sent to the office of the Government Representative in Malaga for definitive approval, so it is possible that the exact location of the cameras could change, depending on the response.
Council spokesman Félix Romero says the move will improve safety and benefit tourism.