Chris Scobie: Police making south of city safer place

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AS Area Commander for South Edinburgh I would like to take this opportunity to highlight some of the excellent work being performed by my officers, alongside our partner agencies.

Officers in Edinburgh are involved in a national campaign focused on the prevention of doorstep crime. With doorstep crime affecting some of the most vulnerable people in society, operations of this nature are designed to reduce the likelihood of people becoming a victim of criminality. Prevention is key in our efforts to combat criminality and I am determined to ensure that, where at all possible, we prevent crime from taking place.

Keeping people safe is our focus and officers designed and delivered an event to warn schoolchildren of the dangers surrounding NPS (New Psychoactive Substances), commonly referred to as “legal highs”. Approximately 220 pupils attended, with a delegation from every secondary school in Edinburgh. This event was a great success, and we hope to build upon this work going forward.

We continue to investigate reports of antisocial behaviour and, in order to combat this, officers have been carrying out patrols in the areas most affected. To ensure we are visible in the community, we have recently been joined by the Mounted Section of Police Scotland, who have been patrolling the Meadows and Pleasance areas.

At the beginning of April, there were two reported incidents of robbery in the Pleasance area. Police Scotland appealed to the public for information and I’d like to thank the public for their response. I am pleased to say that as a result of some excellent police work, four people have now been charged in connection with these incidents. Crimes of this nature are very rare and I would like to reassure the public that Edinburgh is a safe city. When crimes of this nature take place, those responsible can expect to be caught and put before the courts.

On the subject of crime prevention, there will be a security advice event at Salisbury Church from 7-9pm next Wednesday, April 29. It aims to ensure people are fully aware of the measures they can take to avoid their property being targeted by criminals. similar events will take place across the city.

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