Residents may be aware that there have been issues with a group of youths in the Moredun area in recent months who have been engaging in antisocial and criminal behaviour. My office has been contacted repeatedly about this by constituents who are rightly fearful for their safety.
The Police have now hosted a meeting of residents and Sarah Burns for the South East Locality Office at the Council has provided the below update. The situation seems to have improved over the last couple of weeks, however, if residents continue to experience anti-social behaviour and vandalism they should contact the Police immediately.
"From late October 2017, our Concierge staff in Moredun reported an increase in young people loitering in and around the 2 blocks in Moncrieffe and Forteviot House. This has resulted in isolated incidents of vandalism, litter and urination from mid to late evening. Our staff at Moredun Library have also been reporting issues with threatening and intimidating behaviour.
"Throughout November and December these problems increased steadily resulting in more frequent calls being made to the Police to help disperse the youths from the buildings. Calls to the Concierge team have also included local residents and visitors reporting being verbally abused, spat at and relaying a sense of fear when entering or leaving the blocks. The young people are not thought to be connected with any particular flat in the stair, but have tended to congregate in the upper floors. The numbers have fluctuated, but typically have been around 15-25.
"In recent weeks there has been an escalation in ASB, resulting in criminality and an increase in calls being made to the Police. There has also been an increase in vandalism with damage being caused to security doors and screens, lifts and break in to store cupboard. Damage is estimated to be around £5,000.
"Following a partners meeting on 2 February (Community Improvement Partnership), leads from Safer & Stronger Communities, Police, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Children Services and Housing Services agreed a number of robust actions to tackle this issue. The planned actions include:-
* Using current CCTV footage to help identify the young people involved.
* Exploring further mobile CCTV in the streets adjacent to the High Rise Blocks.
* Letter drops to residents giving reassurance and providing contact details to report issues.
* Youths identified to have joint home visits with CEC and Police.
* Increased Police presence and resources.
* Community Safety Night Time patrol support providing high visibility presence and engagement with residents commencing 8 February 2018.
* Exploring diversionary Youth work with partner agencies.
* Prioritising Repairs to vandalism ensuring Health and Safety of residents.
"Police Scotland held a surgery yesterday at Forteviot House to make themselves available and to give residents the opportunity to share information, and ongoing communication with residents will be a priority going forward.
"Please be assured that we are dealing with this issue as high priority and will continue to hold regular meetings with all partners to monitor and review progress until the situation has improved.
"I'd be happy to arrange a meeting with Council officers and Police Scotland if you would like to discuss this more fully, and please let me know if you have any questions."