THEY say Big Brother is watching and that will soon be the case in Marbella, as the City Council will install 85 new surveillance cameras.

Puerto Banús, one of the busiest tourist areas in the municipality, will gain the most with 50 devices fitted by the end of summer.

Installation will cost 1.5 million euros and the cameras will be connected to the Policia Local Headquarters via fibre optics.

Camera locations were chosen based on the level of criminal activity registered by the Policia Nacional and Local.

“The cameras will improve citizen security and also reduce robberies or destruction of street furniture,” said Councillor for Works Javier García.

Other areas to benefit include Puerto Deportivo Virgen del Carmen, with eight, La Cañada Shopping Centre, with 11, and the shopping centre in Elviria which will see 16 installed.

A second phase of cameras is planned for later in the year, which will look at the promenade and Old Town.