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 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.

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.


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; keeping kids safe and reporting a crime.

With over 70 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.

Cybercrime is on the rise globally. In order to help you keep safe on-line, SCP has created a section on this subject which includes the latest cybersecurity alerts and pages dealing with: computer security, mobile devices, phishing and scams as well as for parents and teens.

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.

Am emergency can happen at any time and it is important to summon help quickly. Our Emergency Contacts page provides the most comprehensive list of contact details available including various national hotlines.

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.

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.

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

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.

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APAV is a national charity that supports people who are victims of crime and violence and also their relatives and friends.

It provides emotional, practical, legal, social and psychological support, in order to mitigate the consequences and suffering of any type of crime.

Infovictims has been created by APAV to provide information about criminal proceedings, your rights as a victim and the public services that can support you.

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