James Jones: Looking at summer safety

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I’M delighted to have recently returned to one of my former stations, Craigmillar, to serve as Local Area Commander for east Edinburgh and I am determined to continue the excellent progress made by my officers in providing a positive and engaging service to our local communities and successfully addressing all of the local issues they raise.

In my previous role here, I worked closely with local partners and community representatives to tackle antisocial behaviour and it is heartening to see these effective partnerships have in many ways strengthened to better tackle that key issue alongside other local priorities of housebreaking, drug dealing and violent crime.

In addition to ensuring officers respond to the daily demand of reported incidents, housebreaking remains the number one priority and we regularly disrupt housebreakers and bring them to justice while returning stolen property to its rightful owners.

We all have a vital role to play in the prevention of crime, whether you are a householder or business owner, and there are many effective security tips, available online by visiting http://on.fb.me/1MW4jU8.

Many security events are being held across the city, where specialist advice is available from police and partners. A recent business security event at Fort Kinnaird was very well received and is being replicated for personal security advice at the Town Hall in Portobello on June 15 with others planned throughout the year. Our combined efforts coupled with improved awareness have contributed to there being significantly fewer victims of housebreaking in recent weeks.

Looking forward to the summer, Operation Drift returns from June 26 to August 21, where officers working in partnership with council wardens and support staff will patrol the Portobello area to promote security and safety as well as prevent crime and antisocial behaviour. This will incorporate Get-On mobile facilities to assist people to engage with council services.

Finally, I am very pleased to confirm work on the new custody cells extension to Craigmillar police station will begin in August 2015. This will see a multimillion-pound investment to provide 20 additional cells and new state-of-the-art investigative facilities.

For more information on what our local policing teams are involved in, please follow us on Twitter @Edinburgheastpolice.

Chief Inspector James Jones is Local Area Commander for East Edinburgh