“I asked the Porto City Council to consider CCTV in Ramalda and it was accepted. We welcome this civic tool,” said Parish Council President Patricia Rapasote.

Patricia Rapasote stressed that the feeling of insecurity has increased, especially due to the “increase in drug use on public streets, linked to an increase in begging and robbery in some areas” of Ramalda.

“This issue belongs to the Ministry of Internal Administration (MAI), the Chamber has done a lot, and the Viso police, with its few units, have done everything possible, but in reality we need more personnel,” he defended.

In a response sent to Lusa on October 13, the Metropolitan Command of the PSP in Porto said that compared to last year, the number of violent and serious crimes in the parish of Ramalde has increased, as well as the number of arrests related to drug trafficking.

Porto’s video surveillance system, consisting of 79 cameras, went into operation on June 22 and covers arteries and public spaces in the city center, in particular in the União de Freguesias de Cedofeita, Santo Ildefonso, Sé, Miragaia, São Nicolau and Victoria.

Video surveillance is carried out around the clock, every day of the week, and the head of the operational department of the capital command of the PSP is responsible for storing and processing data.