FOLLOWING a spate of media coverage regarding holidaymakers being mugged, going missing or being scammed on the Costa Blanca Chris Choi, Consumer Editor for ITV News was in Benidorm today (Wednesday), to find out how safe the resort is for visiting tourists.
The well-known reporter, who has delivered some of the most powerful stories for ITV News by getting to the heart of consumer issues, spent the day visiting the local area and talking with Sara Jane Morris, British Consul in Aiicante, and the National Police, before meeting with local businesswoman Karen Maling Cowles.
Karen, who works closely with the British Consulate in Alicante and British Embassy in Madrid to help improve safety within Benidorm, was able to tell Chris about the many improvements that are being made to assist anyone in crisis whilst in the resort. This included the new SATE office – currently under construction in the Rincon de Loix area of the town – more lighting for areas such as the locally known “yellow brick road”, increased policing in the Guiri area (British square) and how tourists could help themselves by being vigilant regarding their personal safety in addition to protecting their belongings.
On Monday Karen organised a meeting between Juan Bautista Alonso, the National Police Commisioner for resident programmes and participation, and local businesses.
The meeting, which was the first of a planned monthly get together, allowed locals to express their concerns with the Commissioner on issues such as the pea men, prostitutes and the need for people to make a denunicia if they have been a victim of crime.
The ITV coverage will be aired it a couple of weeks time.