Safety, mobility and a community spirit

  • Two Guàrdia Urbana police officers in front of a crowd of people celebrating the Christmas festivities in the street.
  • Two Guàrdia Urbana police officers outside Casa Batlló, which is lit up for the Christmas holidays.
  • A Guàrdia Urbana police officer in front of a Christmas tree.
  • Two Guàrdia Urbana police officers patrolling a street in Barcelona, which is decorated for Christmas.

Mixed patrols

Barcelona’s Guàrdia Urbana (city police force) and the Mossos d’Esquadra (Catalan police force) will be stepping up their actions with mixed patrols in public spaces and shopping hubs as part of their community policing and preventive operations.

Between 30 November and 12 January, the Guàrdia Urbana (GUB - city police) are putting a special operation in place to maintain public safety and mobility, promote co-existence and civic behaviour, and enable everyday activity to continue normally, ensuring peace of mind for both city residents and visitors to the city.

The main objectives of this operation are to:

  • Improve road safety.
  • Maintain traffic flow, especially on main routes and around shopping hubs.
  • Control unlawful activities on the public highway, especially unauthorised street trade.
  • Control noise pollution.
  • Increase public safety, in coordination with the Policia Nacional (Spanish police force) and the Mossos d’Esquadra (Catalan police force).

Scope of the operation

The operation zone includes all the city's districts, but special attention will be paid to the more crowded areas in the city centre and Barcelona's various shopping hubs. The area contained between Pg. Sant Joan, Pg. Lluís Companys, Pg. Pujades, Pg. Picasso, Av. Marquès de l’Argentera, Pg. Isabel II, Pg. Colom, Pg. Josep Carner, Av. Paral·lel, Rda. Sant Pau, C. Comte d’Urgell and C. Mallorca will be the main focus of the operation.

Safety

As part of this operation, the GUB and the Mossos d’Esquadra will be stepping up their action with mixed patrols in public spaces and shopping hubs, and increased community and preventive policing.

However, this action will not be confined to the city’s streets, squares and shopping hubs. The plan includes stepping up surveillance on suburban transport, which will carry an increased number of passengers during this period. There will be both plain-clothes and uniformed patrols for spotting pickpockets, who take advantage of big crowds to steal wallets unnoticed.

In addition, the GUB’s Neighbourhood Units will be making the appropriate links with neighbourhood representatives and local traders.

The GUB will take action to control and rectify behaviour that could affect the normal use of public spaces and peaceful co-existence. There will be a special focus on preventing behaviour such as unauthorised street hawking, the nuisance caused by unauthorised drinking on the public highway and vandalism of the urban environment, including spray painting, graffitiing and unauthorised flyposting on facades and urban furniture.

Action will also be taken to control noise pollution caused by both vehicles and the customers of public establishments, or due to playing musical instruments on the public highway, thus creating a nuisance to local residents or other users of public spaces.

The GUB will also be inspecting public establishments and sanctioning offences relating to acoustic nuisance, overcrowding and underage drinking. They will also be ensuring that these establishments respect closing times.

Accident prevention

During this period the police will be breathalysing drivers, testing them for drugs and checking documents, as well as stepping up efforts to prevent offences throughout the city. A road safety campaign coordinated by the Catalan Traffic Service will also be activated between 12 and 22 December with the aim of spotting and controlling offences related to driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

The police will be paying special attention to preventing offences that might affect pedestrian safety, including controlling illegal parking on pavements or anywhere else that may impede mobility.

There will also be a focus on preventing and addressing offences that affect the safety of cyclists, as well as those committed by cyclist that affect other public highway users.

Public transport

As regards travel during this period, Barcelona City Council is advising people to use public transport for getting round the city’s more central areas. See the special public transport operation.

Mixed patrols

Barcelona’s Guàrdia Urbana (city police force) and the Mossos d’Esquadra (Catalan police force) will be stepping up their actions with mixed patrols in public spaces and shopping hubs as part of their community policing and preventive operations.

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