Monday, 21 June 2010

City crime falls - but barely in ward

Recorded crime in Southside & Newington was 1% lower in 2009 compared to the previous year. And cycle theft, for which the ward tops the table, was up. All this is against an overall drop in reported crime of 10%. The figures can be found here though the breakdown by ward is buried very deep in the document. Note that the figures are for the accounting year April 2009 to April 2010.

The Evening News carries some of the detail though the table including Southside & Newington is not in the online edition.

There is a quote in the article about cycle theft locally ". . .we've been trying to find ways to combat these thefts by working with student groups, but it is proving particularly difficult". That short quote encapsulates so much of what is wrong in public policy today. With record numbers of police now available, the focus of the justice system must now return to capturing culprits and dealing with them effectively. We are too often sidetracked by a mindset which tends to blame victims or potential victims - doubtless for the spurious reason that they are easier to find and target.

In the meantime, the reduction in recorded crime is welcome.

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