Video surveillance on the streets of Marbella came a step closer last week after the town hall put out to tender the contract to install a network of CCTV cameras.
The council has been trying to install cameras for some time to increase security in the parts of the municipality that are hotspots for street crime.
It's now waiting on final permission from both central and regional governments to put up its surveillance network, which was requested last year.
The four areas to be monitored by the new cameras are Puerto Banús; the Puerto Deportivo marina in central Marbella; outside La Cañada shopping centre; and the shopping plaza by the A-7 in Elviria, east of the town.
Most monitoring in Banús
The majority of the 86 cameras, 50 in total, will be for Puerto Banús, covering the quayside and the roads behind.
In the Puerto Deportivo there will be eight cameras on the access roads; at La Cañada, 11 will be put up; and at the entrance to Elviria there will be 16.
The contract, which also includes installing sensors to monitor traffic flow in the same areas, has a value of 1.5 million euros and once work starts it is expected to take five months to put the network in place.
Based on police data
The areas to be monitored saw a higher-than-average incidence of street crime in 2016, including thefts, muggings, property damage, alcohol-related disturbance and drug-related offences.
2017 data confirmed the same pattern, leading police to request monitoring urgently.
The new system will see a trunk fiber optic cable installed connecting to an improved control centre at the Local Police headquarters, which will mean the town hall transfers its existing control centre over to the police building.
As the installation is needed urgently, the tender period is short and all bids to carry out the work need to have been submitted by 29 January.