With an estimated population close to half a million people, based on staffing levels recommended by the Government, the Independent Association of the Civil Guard (IGC), has said that there is a shortfall of over 200 officers in the Vega Baja.

A prime example is in Callosa de Segura barracks, where a population of 60,000 residents is supported by just 27 agents, and where the recommended number is 44.

The lack of agents is seriously undermining surveillance and prevention services in Torre de la Horadada, which covers an extensive area and population with a single patrol, Dolores, Jacarilla, Almoradí, Callosa and San Miguel de Salinas.

The president of IGC, Joaquín Parra, said that “if we continue to have this deficit, the Civil Guard is going to become a mere trafficker of complaints, without the possibility of investigation or prevention of crime.”