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Mallorca Real Estate: Majorca is monitored around the clock

Once you've started to pay attention to, she finds everywhere: security cameras now monitor almost every corner of the public and often also in private life.


Register, when to leave the house in the morning, what time you enter the office, how often stands at the counter, go to the cinema, buys new shoes, what ends up in a supermarket shopping cart, or what direction to take in the morning for work. The cameras save, what car you drive, who is the passenger, how often the speed is violated or when you wrongly parked.
Even scenes from the private living room can be found on the World Wide Web, since "Google Street View" with cameras for a few months in Mallorca through the streets.
As George Orwell still sold as science fiction is one, that is now part of everyday life: About 7,000 cameras, legal and illegal, then estimates the association of security companies in the Balearic Islands, Mallorca, citizens observe only partially around the clock. About 6000 of the cameras are installed by a dozen security companies registered with the Office of Privacy and officially approved. "This high figure is unfortunately necessary, and in comparison to cities such as Madrid or Barcelona is still low relative to population," said Juan Amer, Chairman of the Asociación de Empresas de Seguridad de Balears. The economic crisis had let the crime rate to skyrocket, the rising number of burglaries justify these systems.
"The biggest part of the security cameras we install for public and private companies," said Pere Estela, Head of the Department of Safety and security guards at TRABLISA. The private company that originally started his business with guarded transport of money (BLINDADOS Transportes SA - TRABLISA), now covers more than half of the Balearic market, and equips primarily restaurants, offices, banks, jewelers and department stores, but also public facilities such as government buildings, airports or harbor area.
"Another pillar are private customers, the house or flat protected by an alarm system with security cameras," said Estela continues. "While in banks, department stores, jewelers, or on public transport, however, the cameras record 24 hours to catch the devices of private customers only when triggering an alarm record."
Authorize and control the systems of private companies by the state through the representation of the central government in Madrid (Delegación del Gobierno), represented by Ramón Socías the Balearic Islands and the Spanish Office for Data Protection (Agencia de Protección de Datos), in which each Security cameras will be registered and must be authorized by the owner. "The office is exactly where and what can be filmed," says Estela. A private client must send its camera for example, only the entrance and the interior of his house. Filming of the public road in front of the house was not allowed. The Office for Data Protection also requires that smoking, will be filmed in those who were clearly identified. Large signs indicate, therefore, in the legal case to always security-controlled areas. Even in offices, shops or restaurants, where the cameras monitor the work of employees, those signs are mandatory.
What many do not know, however: "It is enough if the head of the staff advised that video surveillance at work is running. In general, two or three cameras will be installed visibly indicating the holder must not, however, how many devices have been installed and where they are are accurate, "says Pere Estela. There were even cameras that are disguised as a fire extinguisher.
Companies that record 24 hours, were forced by law to delete the saved data after a month again. This edition is also subject to the police from Palma, which itself has three of his own security cameras at the Playa de Palma. "Since then we have the systems 2008, it has put into operation, there are considerably fewer crimes in the area than before," said Angel Garcia, spokesman of the local police in Palma. We now consider, activate three more of them.
"There is not even authorized hundreds of webcams all over the island, which are easily installed and illegal recordings transferred to the internet," said Angel Garcia. He does not talk about devices that have officially installed the municipalities, for example, to present the tourist beaches in real time. "I mean all those little cameras in places and on roads that are easy to set up only by people who think the world must be as transparent as possible."
Who "Palma" and "webcam" type in Google, could be convinced. When on the roof of a hotel pictures of the bay or the surrounding area would be transferred, was not a problem. As soon as we could recognize faces and license plates, was the transfer of illegally on the Internet, even though it is not recorded. "But where no plaintiff, there is no judge."
The 56 cameras for traffic monitoring in Palma on the other hand perfectly acceptable. Traffic Control Center in the city of Palma and computer engineers work 13 to observe the facilities at 40 monitors around the clock, the main thoroughfares of the city. "We record anything, so do not bring traffic to the ad, but only to control and regulate the flow of traffic, regulated traffic times and leave us with traffic cops," says the head of the Control Center, Fernando Rodríguez. "Should an accident happen, it is our job to prevent a traffic jam, and not to determine who was to blame for the accident."


Stricter controls at the airport
As if it were not already annoying enough, should one - are still mostly stolen among other valuables - identity card or passport or otherwise deprived of go, now threatens to further trouble at the start of the return flight without a valid travel document. Suffering experienced by Mary F., who had been robbed of her handbag in Mallorca holiday with all the papers. At least she knew how to hold a photocopy of their passport, but when she wants to take the journey back to Germany, it is at the check-in counters in the airport of Son Sant Juan told that they could not accept copies of passports as a replacement. Maria F. is confused and angry at the same time, the airline had their confidence shown in previous phone calls but still quite accommodating: "As it was said there: we leave no one on the ground, who has regularly posted. And now this: "With regard to the transport conditions, it refused to give me a strict boarding pass."
Maria F. also some good news: With the active support of the family home and foreign tourists on Mallorca airport Cologne / Bonn her identity document will be flown in as a replacement rather quickly: "And even that was difficult - because the airline itself may due to the legal provisions no identity papers on a regular flight to Majorca to take. "
The case of Maria F. should not remain an isolated case. What many do not know Majorca holiday makers: The authority for air safety of the Spanish Ministry of Transport (Ministerio de Fomento) has examined the safety regulations from 1 February 2010 and tightened all airlines strictly instructed to allow only passengers with valid travel documents - passport or identity card - on board. This rule is not new, but until now airlines were in Mallorca, such as in the case of theft, apply a degree of grace: Were the data of the affected passengers during flight is already booked, he was able to steal a police report with the appropriate form ( "denuncia show") and will be traveling with a partner or a group of personally identifiable also was the flight back to Australia to date, mostly in the way of anything.
Since 1 February is now demanding the Spanish 'Ministerio de Fomento "for safety reasons an" unequivocal statement of identity "before the start of the flight. Exhibit case of theft or loss of passport or ID card must have the appropriate consulate to obtain a replacement document: the "travel document as a passport substitute," the official name.
The German Consulate in Palma, its director Wolfgang Wiesner, may issue this document only on the basis of an identity check by the authorities of a German passport or officially certified photocopies of passport or identity card. And therefore advises all travelers prophylactically cause a certified photocopy of the travel document contained in the holiday luggage with them to be prepared in case of theft or loss.
If such tools at hand, turns on the consulate, the competent authorities in Germany to establish beyond doubt the identity of the applicant by means of appropriate documents, including passport photo too. Particularly sensitive, it is natural should happen as a theft at the weekend: "In such a case, the consulate may issue a replacement passport until Monday, the competent authority in Germany is reachable again." Due to increased provisions Wolfgang Wiesner expected for a significant increase of inquiries and therefore an increased need for consular staff. If walking around the assumption that of the approximately 2'4 million Mallorca with Air Berlin passengers were affected only one percent, that alone would be 20,000 to 24,000 additional consulate requests: "And that's not cope with our current staff contingent."
As a "valid" document will be a German passport or identity card at time of travel moreover recognized even if it more than a year has elapsed. Further details: Spanish, according to provisions of their country may still travel with a passport to Germany, exceeded the validity of which is already up to five years. Against these different severity of the rules and their control within the EU will become more and more critical voices. Nevertheless, ensuring Random sample checks and the threat of fines for non-compliance of safety requirements for all airlines in Majorca, Air Berlin and Condor, Easyjet, TUIfly or RYANAIR, up to date for a single announcement: "We adhere to the rules."
Source: Majorca Daily Bulletin