The CCTV system in the Algarve city is already operational,
using 36 cameras, which collect images “at the entrances to the municipality
and in some arteries in Praia da Rocha”, as indicated by the municipality in a
The cameras are located at the entrances to the city, such
as “the old bridge, the hospital roundabout area, the crossing of Chão das
Donas, Penina, and the entrance through Alvor”, according to information
provided by the municipality. As for Praia da Rocha, most of the cameras are installed
“on the pedestrian path along the cliff”, up to Avenida Tomás Cabreira, the
well-known Rua dos Bares.
The purpose of installing the video surveillance system was
to reduce crime, “especially on Avenida Tomás Cabreira”, giving the Public
Security Police (PSP) access to images, which could help in an eventual
Concerning the collection of images, only the PSP, “at a
local level”, has access to the images captured by the surveillance systems, in
addition, residents can rest assured, as the system integrates “masks
configured in the cameras themselves” that prevent the capture of images, such
as private dwellings, ensuring the privacy of residents.
The project is part of “Portimão’s Smart Cities strategy and
enshrines the expansion of the Municipality’s own communications network” and
costs “563,799.49 euros, including the installation and maintenance of the
video surveillance system.”
The Portugal News tried
to contact PSP, however, no response was available at the time of going to
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