This month, I‘d like to start with a review of policing in Midlothian over the last year (April 2014 – March 2015). It’s a positive picture overall which has seen reductions in serious assaults, alcohol-related violent crime, and thefts by housebreaking at domestic properties.
Additionally, there has been an increase in the number of people detected for drug dealing, and an increase of 62 per cent in the amount of cash and assets seized from criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Act. I’m also pleased to say that there have also been no fatalities on our roads.
However, the number of sheds and garages that were broken into rose slightly, and I want to remind everyone of the importance of ensuring that these are every bit as secure as your home. My local community officers are on-hand to provide free crime prevention advice at any time.
Antisocial behaviour has risen slightly, and this is something that we are keen to address alongside our partners and the public. Last month, I highlighted the mindless vandalism of buses by a group of youths and, although relatively rare, it’s disappointing that we are still seeing incidents of this nature. I’ve noted several calls regarding groups of youths intimidating members of our community in and around the Dalkeith area, and my local community officers are working with our partners at Midlothian Council and local youth clubs to address this issue.
In order to prevent antisocial behaviour by youths we also need parents, guardians and carers to play their part. Addressing this issue requires a collective response, and I would ask that parents be vigilant regarding their child’s whereabouts and activities outside the home if they are not already. Antisocial behaviour is detrimental to both the wider community and the individuals involved; their behaviour now may very well have an impact on their future. I am confident that by working together we will see improvements in the weeks and months ahead.
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