Saturday, 28 February 2015

SEVEN housebreaking arrests

Police released a press statement yesterday about the arrest of seven people in recent weeks for housebreaking related offences.  Now a word of caution.  Although I know some of these arrests relate to housebreaking activity in our area (I've been speaking with our local officers), the number relates to the whole of Edinburgh.

In the last year for which I can get the statistics, I calculate  housebreaking offences averaged 287 every month throughout Edinburgh.  So the arrest of seven in the last four weeks for 30 offences, good though it clearly is, is not be as impressive as it sounds at first.

The pressure is very much still on to catch and prosecute housebreakers in the South of the city where this crime has been more prevalent that elsewhere.

Anyway, here is the relevant part of the recent media release from Police Scotland about the seven arrests in the last month.
Police in Edinburgh have arrested and charged seven people for over 30 offences related to housebreakings.
On February 25 an 18-year-old man was arrested in connection with 11 housebreakings to businesses and a vehicle theft in Edinburgh. He appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Thursday, February 26.
A 15-year-old youth from Edinburgh was charged with over 10 offences following the recovery of a Ford Ka, stolen on January 29, which contained various items linked to recent housebreakings. A report has been submitted to the Children’s Panel.
On February 12, SART and the Domestic Violence Reduction Unit (DVRU) officers executed two search warrants in the Moredun area of Edinburgh where they recovered a large quantity of stolen bicycles, some of which were taken from housebreakings.
A 39-year-old woman and three men aged 52, 35 and 28 were arrested and charged in connection with seven offences and £5500 worth of stolen property was recovered. All bikes were identified and returned to their rightful owners.
A 16-year-old man from Edinburgh was found to be in possession of a stolen vehicle at 9pm on February 24. The vehicle was searched and various electronic items stolen through housebreakings were recovered, and the vehicle seized.
On February 25, an address was searched in connection with these thefts and further stolen items were recovered.
The male was arrested and charged and appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Thursday, February 26.

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