Thefts in homes increased by 14.2% in 2020 and, in an area in Portugal, the phenomenon was particularly worrying. Not long ago, and in just two months, in the Algarve municipalities of Faro and Olhão, there were more than thirty robberies.
The victims were always elderly and fear was installed among the population.
Major Carlos Bengala explains that the Faro Criminal Investigation Department realized that there were common standards in terms of performance, and, as a rule, the perpetrators of crimes approached people living in sparsely populated areas.
The attacks left their mark on the victims, so it was difficult to find anyone who was willing to speak in an interview.
Even so, TVI heard a victim who says that after the robberies, the trauma remained, but also the fear of revenge.
They grabbed me by the neck, pushed me into the marquee and that’s when the person starts to live a horror movie. The guys took the tools and started attacking me“, account.
The victim explains how the assailants beat him with the tool handles and punched him in the head. “They broke my head and blood started to drip,” he recalls, stressing that, at that moment, the attackers took the money and ran away from his home.
After the robbery, the GNR concluded that it was “a violent attack”, since when they arrived at the scene to help the victim, they found her “with her clothes full of blood”.
At the hospital, the victim realized that he had a stroke in his left eye and a rib fracture. But, he says, “the most serious psychological consequences are. These are the ones that stay for life ”.
A report with the signature “Emergência Nacional”.