The central government representative in the Balearics, Miquel Ramis, was speaking yesterday morning at a meeting on security which was organised by his department and the Playa de Palma Hoteliers' Association. Also present were the Association president, Jordi Cabrer; the Mayor of Palma, Catalina Cirer, and the mayor of Llucmajor, Lluc Tomás, along with senior representatives from different security forces and residents' associations. According to Ramis, the object of the meeting was to analyse developments in the tourist season of 2003, based on information available to 30 September, 2003. Specific problem areas would be addressed with a view to avoiding future repetition. The government delegate clarified that the fall in crime rate has been thanks to a series of factors, amongst which is the installation of security cameras along some streets as a deterrent. Preventitive measures set up by security forces and public collaboration have also proved significant. On the subject of speeding up the legal procedure to enable authorities to bring offenders before a court with the minimum of delay, Ramis felt it was too soon to say what effect this new measure had had on crime figures.
He added that the Playa de Palma was a case for particular study because several units of security forces were stationed there (local police from Palma and Llucmajor, national police and the Guardia Civil) dealing with crimes specifically related to the tourist industry. The central government delegate clarified that his department will give support to all the proposals to increase policing in the area and will collaborate in the setting up of a specialist tourist police unit to deal with crime rampant in tourist areas.