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 ...my home doesn’t feel like home now
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