Portugal’s only national registered non-profit crime prevention association providing dedicated information and support services to the community

Portugal’s only national registered non-profit crime prevention association providing dedicated information and support services to the community


Lisbon is Europe’s second-oldest capital (after Athens), once home to the world’s greatest explorers like Vasco da Gama, Pedro Alvares Cabral and Prince Henry the Navigator, becoming the first true world city, the capital of an empire spreading over all continents, from South America (Brazil) to Africa (Cape Verde, S. Tomé e Principe, Guiné, Angola, Mozambique) to Asia (Macao, Goa, Timor).

The former launch pad for many of the world’s greatest voyages is now where modern travellers discover one of Europe’s most soulful, captivating and picturesque capitals, built on a series of hills with scenic vistas from every angle.

Safe Communities Lisbon (SCL) 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.

SCP would like to thank the PSP, GNR, Judicial Police, SEF and ANPC in Lisbon for their collaboration in providing input to the pages on this website.

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 Lisbon, and certain regions in Portugal, SCP has created specific “safe communities”, detailing the services it provides in those areas. The first of these was the Algarve and the second is Lisbon.

SCP works closely with the GNR, PSP, Judicial Police, SEF, ANPC and ASAE in Lisbon as well as various municipalities such as Cascais.


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 Portugal. These range from protecting your home to reducing the risk of pet theft.
Lisbon 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.

To find out more about policing in Lisbon we have an overview of the law enforcement agencies in the District, including the GNR if you live in the out areas of the District, or visit the PSP police page if you live in the Lisbon Metropolitan area. New to this site are pages outlining the work of the Judicial Police and the border and immigration service SEF in the area.

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, in Lisbon, 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.
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.
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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