Fo­cus on bur­glar­ies as re­search re­veals low rate de­tec­tion rates in Scot­land

Cap­i­tal en­dures heav­i­est toll of thefts from homes I’ve been hit three times in four years home doesn’t feel like home now

The Sunday Post (Inverness) - - NEWS -

7.07% de­crease, de­spite the city coun­cil con­tribut­ing £2.45 mil­lion to fund

54 lo­cal of­fi­cers.

Coun­cil­lor Jim Camp­bell be­lieves crim­i­nals may be tak­ing ad­van­tage of the lower po­lice num­bers.

He said: “There is a big con­cern the po­lice re­source here is very, very stretched.

“I would ar­gue that Po­lice Scot­land are not re­sourc­ing polic­ing in Ed­in­burgh to the ex­tent that they ought to be.

“The lo­cal polic­ing in Ed­in­burgh is some­thing like 50% lower per head of the pop­u­la­tion than it is in Glas­gow.

“In Ed­in­burgh we feel that Po­lice Scot­land should jus­tify that and if they can’t jus­tify it then they’ve got to put in the ap­pro­pri­ate level of lo­cal po­lice of­fi­cers based on the pop­u­la­tion. “When you look at de­tec­tion rates, we can’t fig­ure out a jus­ti­fi­ca­tion for why Ed­in­burgh is just not nearly as well­re­sourced in terms of lo­cal po­lice of­fi­cers.

“It feels that we are con­tribut­ing more than any other coun­cil in Scot­land by a big mar­gin and we’re not get­ting the level of lo­cal po­lice of­fi­cers.

“Maybe peo­ple are aware of that and they think it’s not a bad place if you’re want­ing to com­mit a crime.

“Our lo­cal of­fi­cers do a great job in Ed­in­burgh, but we need more of them.” Ed­ward Jor­gensen knows all too well the shock of hav­ing your home bro­ken into – it’s hap­pened to him three times in four years. The first was in Novem­ber, 2014, when his valu­ables were ran­sacked as he hol­i­dayed in Spain.

In July this year he was hit again, in the mid­dle of the night, but this time he was threat­ened with a screw­driver un­less he handed over cash. With no money to hand, Ed­ward with­drew £300 from the near­est cash ma­chine to es­cape trou­ble.

Ed­ward is con­vinced the same man is re­spon­si­ble for the lat­est break-in, which hap­pened just last Satur­day, as he worked night-shift at Asda. His TV and Playsta­tion were taken which he be­lieves were no­ticed dur­ing the screw­driver at­tack.

“Home feels less like home now,” he said. “At the slight­est noise, I’m on edge. I don’t want to let a stranger in my house any­more. I’m ter­ri­fied.

“I can’t sleep at night and I get night­mares. I have been pushed to break­ing point.”

Ed­ward, 38, has lived at his home in Gran­ton, Ed­in­burgh for 34 years. He once shared it with his mum and step-dad. “Mum would have moved by now,” he re­veals. “These things never used to hap­pen.”

He lost his late mother’s watch in the first raid in 2014.

“It was one that I had bought her and was unique. It was her favourite piece of jew­ellery. If I could get any­thing back at all, it would be that.”

Po­lice re­sponded quickly to all of the break-ins, and the per­pe­tra­tor of the first crime was caught in the fol­low­ing months.

How­ever, po­lice have yet to catch the re­spon­si­ble party for the other two break-ins.

“Their re­sponse at the last one was a shrug of the shoul­ders. I don’t ex­pect to hear any­thing and don’t hold much hope,” he said.

Ed­ward has crit­i­cised the lo­cal area for a lack of com­mu­nity spirit in these cir­cum­stances.

“We shouldn’t have to live in fear of these peo­ple,” he added. “It’s dog eat dog now and peo­ple only fight for them­selves.

“There’s no com­mu­nity spirit here any­more.”

Ed­ward says he has con­sid­ered mov­ing away from his Gran­ton prop­erty, but doesn’t feel he should let bur­glars win. After 34 years there, his me­mories have been de­stroyed.

For peo­ple in EH5, that’s an all too com­mon feel­ing.

A break-in is cap­tured on ther­mal cam­era

Gran­ton res­i­dent Ed­ward Jor­gensen

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