Mark Williams: Householders can help us stop theft

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Since the middle of March we have been targeting housebreakers and car thieves in every community across the city.

As a result of home safety events, better use of social media, increased resources including the helicopter and additional patrols, my officers on “Operation RAC” have arrested more than 100 criminals and charged them with more than 250 offences.

We won’t tolerate housebreaking in the city and I want you to help us prevent offences in the first place.

Please consider the security of your home – there is lots of advice to be had. You can get a free crime prevention survey by getting in touch with us direct on ‘101’ or by attending one of our local advice sessions.

If that doesn’t suit, try following us on Twitter @EdinburghPolice or on Facebook – we regularly offer tips to make your home safer and also advertise any local advice sessions.

As the summer approaches we are gearing up for a busy events calendar.

This weekend alone there are a number taking place in the city including football play-offs, marches, rallies and commemoration events.

We have lots of experience at managing them and you can be assured that we will maintain our focus on keeping residents safe whilst minimising the disruption to road users and pedestrians.

I wanted to finish this month by highlighting the positive developments in the control of so-called “legal highs”. Local officers, working closely with the NHS and trading standards, have been lobbying hard to raise awareness about the dangers of these substances.

As a result the Home Office recently made the manufacture and distribution of the most common products illegal – this has led to immediate improvements across many communities.

Residents are reporting a drop-off in antisocial behaviour and discarded needles.

We know that these products are dangerous and we recently funded a fantastic event for S3 pupils from across the city at Heriot-Watt University.

The title of it was Legal Highs – Lethal Lows and it gave the students a real insight into the truth behind the drugs. One pupil came up with the great catchphrase “Legal Highs – Bunch of Lies” which I think aptly summed up the message we were trying to convey.