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Foreign residents in Nerja demand extra policing as fear of burglaries spreads

Representatives of community associations with the mayor.
Representatives of community associations with the mayor. / SUR
  • Many second homes have been empty since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic as owners have been unable to travel to Spain

Representatives of residents' organisations met with Nerja mayor, José Alberto Armijo, on Tuesday to discuss concerns over a potential rise in burglaries and squatters since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

During the meeting, Janette Waddington, president of APCUN, the association for Nerja's housing communities, expressed her "concern over security".

She went on to say that residents "fear that burglars and squatters could target unoccupied properties" owned by foreign residents who have been unable to travel to Spain due to the pandemic.

Representatives called on the town hall to provide extra policing in developments including El Capistrano, where many homes are owned by foreigners.

The impact of Brexit on Nerja's British community was also discussed at the meeting.