THE wave of robberies in the Son Oliva district in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, has pushed residents to take matters into their own hands.
In response to an ‘inaction’ from the Local and National police, several people residing in the district have joined forces to carry out night patrols on the streets to fight crime.
In a statement released by the Son Oliva Residents’ Association, they stated that in the last month there have already been 38 reported robberies, where just last week a group of thieves stole almost €1,000 from a collection destined for the Three Kings’ parade.
When speaking of who they believe commits these types of crimes in the district, they lay blame on young gamblers as in most cases cash is always stolen.
In aim of raising the issue to Palma City Council, the residents on night watch have written a letter to to express that the situation is ‘unsustainable’. They warn that if nothing is done, they will continue to put their lives at danger to protect those that live and work in the community.