Thin­ner blue line blamed as cap­i­tal en­dures heav­i­est toll of thefts from homes

The Sunday Post (Newcastle) - - NEWS -

Res­i­dents in Ed­in­burgh’s EH5 post­code – which cov­ers Trin­ity and Gran­ton – are the Scots neigh­bour­hoods most likely to be bro­ken into, ac­cord­ing to home in­sur­ance data.

The de­tec­tion rate for house­break­ing in Ed­in­burgh is lower than the Scot­tish aver­age at 21.6% in the first quar­ter of the year.

The cap­i­tal has also seen com­mu­nity po­lice num­bers drop by 7% be­tween 2013 and 2017.

Last year Po­lice Scot­land funded just one lo­cal po­lice of­fi­cer for every 466 res­i­dents in Ed­in­burgh – com­pared with one in 314 in Greater Glas­gow.

Across Scot­land, the num­ber of lo­cal of­fi­cers fell by 3.38% since Po­lice Scot­land was formed in 2013.

Ed­in­burgh saw a

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.”

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