Richard Horan: No let up in fight on crime

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You will have undoubtedly seen last week’s News reports highlighting domestic housebreaking in Edinburgh has fallen by 56 per cent.

The relentless work being carried out by officers in dealing with break-ins and other forms of acquisitive crime continues apace, and I would like to assure you we will not become complacent and will strive to bring the number of these crimes down further.

I am delighted to report that within North Edinburgh housebreaking has reduced by nearly 60 per cent since March compared to the previous five months and our solvency rate for housebreaking is currently over 40 per cent. Motor vehicle crime is down 30 per cent year-on-year and we continue to target known offenders.

While our enforcement activity continues, I would like to take this opportunity to once again remind our communities of the vital role they can play in helping prevent these offences occurring.

Always ensure you have appropriate security at your home or businesses premises and treat a garage or garden shed as an extension of your property – especially if they contain high-value goods. If you would like more advice on crime prevention please visit our website at www.scotland.police.uk.

Local officers throughout the North of the city have also been working closely with partners at the city council as part of our Stronger North initiative and we continue to see some very positive results.

Disorder calls have fallen by 14 per cent, while incidents of anti-social behaviour are also down by over 11 per cent. Violence crime is down, with assaults in particular down nine per cent.

Police Scotland’s national resources, including the Air Support Unit, Road Policing Unit and Mounted Section regularly assist Community Policing Teams in North Edinburgh to address issues, which residents identify as requiring a police response.

I am grateful to our colleagues from across the country for their continued support and I am especially thankful to the public, who regularly engage with us through a variety of channels to discuss policing matters for the North of the city.

We will continue to have a high-visibility presence across the city to deter crime and to offer reassurance to our communities. Anyone wishing to report a crime can call us on 101, visit their local police station or speak with uniformed officers while they are out on patrol in your area.