Premià de Dalt (A): Privatization in the Name of Security?
In 2018, the people of Premi de Dalt, a small town north of Barcelona (Spain), started to be seriously concerned about security. Indeed, the local police (Policia Urbana) had received an anomalously high number of reports of home burglaries. The mayor of the city was urged to find an immediate and effective solution. This situation was part of a much larger problem affecting Barcelona's metropolitan area. Most of the responsibility for security lay with the Mossos d'Esquadra (regional police) but they claimed to have no resources to increase controls in the area. Thus, a solution relying on local resources at the town level was needed. Everyone on the city council knew they were dealing with a complex decision-making process involving financial, social and ethical considerations.