Vehicle crime is one of most frequent crimes in Portugal accounting for 11% of all reported crime in 2014. It is also one of the easiest crimes to prevent by taking simple steps.

Many criminals who break into cars are opportunists forever on the lookout for those people who leave their cars unlocked or windows open, as well as leaving valuables on view etc.

The articles on this page provide information on the most common types of car crime, where it mainly occours and tips to minimize the risk.


Protecting your largest investment, namely your house, makes sense. Criminals target properties mostly when they are unoccupied, simply because the chances of being caught are low.

The level of property crime in Portugal varies a great deal depending on many factors including its location and time of year etc. During 2014 burglaries have decreased, but now is not the time to be complacent.

You can reduce the risk of being burgled by taking a number of simple steps. The following downloads cover subjects such as metal theft, burglaries, household protection and how to select an alarm company etc.

Property crime prevention advice & Alarm companies