Cap­i­tal en­dures heav­i­est toll of thefts from homes

The Sunday Post (Dundee) - - 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.”

A break-in is cap­tured on ther­mal cam­era

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