As the new Local Area Commander for North Edinburgh I want to use this month’s column to highlight some of the excellent work your local officers and our key partner agencies have recently undertaken to tackle acquisitive crime in the area.
Firstly, as many of you will be aware, Police Scotland recently launched Operation Quarterlight across the country as part of the force’s commitment to combating vehicle crime.
Since the start of the initiative in January this year, local officers have arrested numerous individuals in connection with the theft of vehicles and the theft of property from vehicles.
Some of those apprehended will often be involved in other criminal activities, including violence, hate crime and antisocial behaviour and Operation Quarterlight continues within North Edinburgh and will take every opportunity to disrupt criminal behaviour and prevent further offences.
Readers will undoubtedly be aware of the break-in at a house in Afton Terrace last week where a group attacked the homeowner after he discovered them within his property.
An attack on a homeowner by someone who has broken into their property remains incredibly rare. I would like to reassure the public that we take crimes of this nature exceptionally seriously and we are doing everything we can to swiftly identify the offenders.
We recognise that housebreaking continues to be a major concern for many residents and businesses within North Edinburgh and we are continuing to pursue those responsible to bring them to justice.
In the first three weeks of February, officers have arrested and charged a total of nine men for a number of housebreakings in the Ravelston, Blackhall, Granton, Pilton, Trinity and Leith areas.
These arrests came as a result of police engagement with the local communities and allowed us to recover a range of stolen items, which either have, or will, be returned to their rightful owners.
I will again reiterate that prevention of these crimes remains our priority. We have distributed advice to local community councils in the area and are encouraging continued distribution of this to local residents. My officers also reinforce this message at community council meetings and local visits. Anyone wishing further crime prevention advice can contact their local Community Policing or visit the Police Scotland website at www.scotland.police.uk
Chief Inspector Richard Horan is Local Area Commander for North Edinburgh