Palma/Madrid.—Central Government yesterday approved its Summer 2012 Plan designed to upgrade security and the enforcement of law and order in tourist zones and on main highways, as well as to cope with the effects of excess heat.

The Plan includes a special forces operation aimed at providing back-up to security staff at airports and railway stations to stop illegal immigration during the summer period.

National Police will be increasing their presence in tourist zones to minimise any escalation of theft, or other forms of preying off the visitor community. Although other coastal regions of Spain such as Andalusia, Valencia and the Canary Islands will have extra police monitoring until the end of August, the Summer Plan will run in the Balearics until the end of September this year.

Nationwide, 14'573 Guardia Civil officers will be keeping watch on the road network, engaged in road safety and traffic controls.
On the railways, long distance high speed trains will have 5'153'881 seats available to carry passengers to Spanish and international destinations.
Interurban railway services will have extra security staff checking public safety and in tourist areas, special trains used in the high season for taking people to local festivals will be up and running.

Between now and the middle of September, the Summer Safety Plan will cope with around 2.5 million people setting off on holiday in half a million vehicles to different parts of the country and overseas.

Part of the heightened security plan in tourist resorts involves checking bathing water quality.


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