It has come to my attention from the police that there has been a spike in crime in two areas of the city:
Buckstone and Swanston:
It would appear the break-ins are still occurring within Buckstone, Swanston and Oxgangs Road.
Preferred times would appear to be evening and properties are being broken into at the rear with Jewellery and small electronic items are the favoured targets.
Since the FCC meeting when 3 had been reported in Buckstone there have been another 4.
The Malbet area falls within my policing area. We are certainly very much aware of the issues that have been ongoing in the area and have tasked officers with carrying out extra patrols on foot, pedal cycle and vehicle in the affected streets. From our analysis of the times we suspect much of this is in the hours of darkness so the patrols are commensurate with this albeit we are also in the area during the day whilst many people are out at work.
In addition our Crime Prevention Officer has contacted some of the affected residents and the factors for area, Charles White, have agreed to send out crime prevention leaflets, on our behalf, to all local residents.