Alicante bar bosses want more police security

BUSINESS CONCERN: Entrepreneurs fear the loss of trade if police keep targeting the wrong areas and don't offer them better security.

BUSINESSES in the heart of Alicante’s ‘Tardeo’ restaurant and bar zone have complained about “police harassment” focusing on curbing excess noise and monitoring the terraces when they should be offering more security.
Representatives of the Provincial Association of Hospitality, spoke with the Councillor for Occupation of Public Roads, criticising police anti-noise actions and for not ensuring security in the area where, according to entrepreneurs, there have been 17 robberies in the last month.
Neighbours regularly denounce the nightly activities claiming the right to rest but the Provincial Association of Hospitality argues for the future of an activity closely linked to tourism, which accounts for 15 per cent of the GDP and stating the 150 establishments maintain 1,600 jobs in the city.
Restaurateurs demand more cleaning and a bigger police presence but to tackle pickpockets and robbers in the area, and the harassment from beggars.

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