For Tourists

Going on holiday is an exciting time. To help you have a safe and enjoyable time, please read the “Safe Holiday Guide for tourists” produced in your own language by clicking here.

Reporting Crime

If you do unfortunately become a victim it should be promptly reported to the police. This helps apprehend the culprit so that they can be brought to justice. How to report a crime can be found here.

Cybersecurity Alerts

Cybercrime is on the rise globally. In order to help you keep safe on-line, please visit our latest cybersecurity alerts, showing phishing and malware attacks and other news. For latest news Click here

Safe Services Guide

Welcome to the industry leaders who promote sound security practices that help keep Portugal a safe place to live and visit. See them here. If you wish to add your business please contact us. click here

Welcome to Safe Communities


Safe Communities Portugal (SCP) is an operating name of Associação SCP Safe Communities Portugal,  the country’s only registered national non-profit association providing a “one stop shop” of crime prevention and public information available to all members of the community.

The aim of SCP is to promote safer communities, enhance security awareness and reduce the risk of becoming a victim of crime. It does this through a number of specific objectives covering police/public engagement; communication and awareness; as well as public support in the fight against crime.

For residents living in, or persons visiting certain regions in Portugal, SCP has created specific “safe communities”, detailing the services it provides in those areas. The first of these is the Algarve – please visit Safe Communities Algarve for information, and more recently Safe Communities Lisbon.

SCP works closely with the GNR,  PSP,  Judicial Police,  SEF, ANPC, ASAE, Turismo de Portugal, the municipalities, various Embassies and many other authorities in helping to keep Portugal a safe place to live and visit.

Our Services

SCP provides a diverse range of free services to the public which can be found under our How we help you page. These include emergency contacts; crime statistics, keeping kids safe and reporting a crime.

With over 90 downloads the Crime Prevention Advice page has the most comprehensive range of crime prevention material available in the region. These range from protecting your home to reducing the risk of pet theft.

Portugal is one of the safest destinations in Europe and in order to keep it so please visit our For Tourists page which has crime prevention advice in seven different languages.

If you are planning to move to Portugal, please see our Safety and Security check list to help find and decide your dream home. We welcome you into our community.

To find out more about policing in Portugal we have an overview of the law enforcement agencies in Portugal, including the GNR if you live in the rural areas or a small town, or visit the PSP police page if you live in the larger towns. New to this site are pages outlining the work of the Judicial Police and the border and immigration service SEF. There is also a page showing the work and responsibilities of ASAE, in the area of food hygiene and related services.

We are grateful to the law enforcement agencies here if Portugal for their support of Safe Communities Portugal and in particular for their input into the design and providing information for many of the pages on this website, including the use of their logos.

To keep up to date with various crime arrests, crime prevention seminars, displays and other exhibitions organized by SCP in conjunction with the various government agencies please visit our Latest News/Events page.

As we live in a time with rapidly developing technology keeping our children safe on-line and from the dangers that they face in a modern society is important. Please visit our Keeping Kids Safe page for advice on this subject.

SCP’s responsibility in the area of public safety includes creating awareness of issues such as wildfires which are a major risk in Portugal. Visit our Civil Protection page on ways you can help keep the forests safe.

Various businesses in the Algarve have contributed by setting high standards in their approach to crime prevention and their details can be found in the Safe Services Guide page.

Our Newsletter

In order to receive the latest updates and news about crime prevention please sign up for free newsletter on this page. This is published fortnightly or more frequently if there are matters that need to be circulated urgently. Crime prevention involves us all.

About Us

Find out more about the history of SCP ,  our team, our supporters and protocols with various authorities.

If you have any suggestions for crime prevention topics that you feel would be of interest to the community, or need advice or help concerning policing and crime prevention issues please contact us.

Latest News

GNR distribute 50,000 magnetic safety cards for the elderly


The National Republican Guard (GNR), in partnership with CTT – Correios... Read More

GNR Agent killed, two others injured following a robbery


A manhunt is underway following the fatal shooting of a GNR agent, two... Read More

GNR locates backpack containing 25,000 euros – returned to owner


On 6th October the GNR Criminal Investigation (NIC) of Ponte da Barca... Read More

East European criminal group dismantled by SEF


On 11th October the Foreigners and Borders Service (SEF), following an... Read More

Daily Safety Check
Portugal has great weather most of the year, although this can be very hot in summer with the risk of fires and cooler in the winter with heavy rain and snow in the north. Checking the following daily will help you know where there are fires, the daily fire risk, any flooding or other occurrences as well as the UV and weather alerts, so you can adjust your activities accordingly. Click the lights below to get the latest information from our Civil Protection page.

Safe Communities Portugal is a non-profit association run by unpaid volunteers, your generosity by making a donation to help keep Portugal a safe place to live and visit would be appreciated.

Please use the "donate" button above to make a donation using PayPal. If you wish to donate by cheque or by interbank transfer please contact SCP for our bank details using the contact page. All donations should be marked "Donation for crime prevention".

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Safe Communities Portugal is proud to be supported by the following Government agencies and other authorities



Night Guard Service

Turismo Portugal