NEW security cameras have been installed in Piershill following an attack on a 12-year-old girl and antisocial behaviour involving marauding youths.
A pair of CCTV cameras have been attached to lampposts covering both Piershill Square East and Piershill Square West in a bid to tackle the disorder.
Last month schoolgirl Alisha Khan was left injured after being assaulted.
The move has been welcomed by residents, many of whom have called for cameras to be installed in the area for a number of years.
Council chiefs today said that the cameras were not only in response to the assault but was in response to wider calls from the community.
A resident from Piershill Square West, who asked not to be named, said: “I spoke to the council workers putting up the cameras and they said it was because of the young girl who was attacked. It’s about time this was done. We had a murder here a few years ago and the problems with kids have been getting worse.”
Another resident said: “It’s good news that the cameras are here. It’s something people have wanted for years.”
Three girls have been charged in connection with an attack on Alisha in Piershill Square East on March 18. The 12-year-old was taken to hospital after suffering a sprained arm and cuts to her head.
The area has been hit with violence and disorder involving youths, many of them travelling into Piershill from Northfield, Portobello, Lochend, Pilton and Craigentinny.
Councillor Stefan Tymkewycz, who represents the area, said: “Any measure which makes people feel safer in their homes and area is to be welcomed. Cameras do tend to reduce crime in an area. However, they also sometimes displace the problems elsewhere.”
Cllr Ewan Aitken, who also represents the ward, said: “I think it will help, but none of these things are solutions in themselves. We need to help people make positive choices about their lives and that happens in a variety of ways, not just by watching over them.
“A lot of really good work has been done in the area, with the allotments and upgraded playparks. We should not run down an area like Piershill, which is full of really good people, because of the actions of a few.”
A city council spokesman said: “We now have two new high-quality mobile CCTV cameras in place in Piershill Square which will be used to respond to neighbourhood issues. They have been put there in response to the community safety sub group of the Craigentinny and Duddingston Neighbourhood Partnership making this area a current priority for action.”