The merchants of the central neighborhood participate in a protest before the meeting with the mayor of the branch, which left a good taste in their mouths
Matthew, Paco, Juana, Antonio … and so on up to twenty residents and merchants of the Santa Eulalia and San Juan neighborhoods staged a protest yesterday in the Plaza de Europa to demand more police surveillance in the face of the wave of robberies that the neighborhood suffers in recent months, as well as other effective measures to help reduce them. The mobilization took place together before the meeting they held with the Councilor for Economic Management and Citizen Security, Enrique Lorca, and the Chief General Commissioner of the Local Police of Murcia, José María Mainar, in which the increase in municipal agents was agreed both in uniform and in civilian clothes at this point in the old town since the same afternoon yesterday, although the number of troops that the staff will have was not specified when asked by THE TRUTH. Until now, this area had a couple of neighborhood police officers assigned to it, according to Francisco Guerao, president of the Neighborhood Association and vice president of the Merchants Association.
The mayor also promised to promote the implementation of a neighborhood security table and the neighbors, for their part, will file the corresponding complaints at the National Police Station (CNP) after any criminal act, because “until now some crimes that have occurred have not been reported, “municipal sources remarked. In fact, the burden of night surveillance in the face of this type of incident corresponds to the CNP, so the challenge will be to maintain adequate contact and coordination between bodies. “However, the greater daytime presence of the Local Police will prevent certain uncivil behaviors that occur in the neighborhood or avoid drug use in the middle of the street,” says Guerao, to whom the meeting with the municipal official left a good taste in his mouth.
Since yesterday, the area has had an unspecified increase in agents, both uniformed and plainclothes
“They have received us with open doors and have tried to provide us with solutions, starting with greater fluency in communication,” added the neighborhood leader, who highlighted how complicated it is for the owner of a small establishment to have to waste a whole morning to file a complaint with the corresponding police station – if you know exactly what it is – something that the Local Neighborhood Police will help expedite, in direct contact with the neighborhood association, as agreed “, remarks Guerao.
It should be remembered that the shops and premises of Santa Eulalia, particularly those around Calle San Antonio, have suffered up to a dozen assaults in the last two and a half months, events that were taking place in recent times at the rate of one per week. The owners suspect, according to the images of the security cameras and the data they have collected, that their perpetrators are drug addicts who frequent the area, since this point is a place of transit for those who make the route between the well-known distribution points of narcotics, in the neighborhoods of La Fama and La Paz, and the places in the historic center where begging is normally practiced.
Establishments in the area have suffered a dozen assaults in just over two months, although not all were reported
However, Guerao has wanted to disassociate the two associations he represents from movements such as the Platform for the Historic Center, which calls for the “decentralization of the soup kitchen of Jesús Abandonado” to avoid problems like these. “The problem here is not the people who have to queue to receive food aid and who already have enough problems, but people who commit antisocial or criminal behaviors motivated many times by their addictions,” concluded Guerao, defending the social commitment of the neighbors in your neighborhood.