Multi-agency operation launched in west Pilton

The City of Edinburgh Council have joined forces with Lothian and Borders Police in launching a community safety campaign in north Edinburgh.

The campaign will focus on crime and antisocial behaviour in and around the West Pilton area in response to concerns raised by local residents. Also taking part are Lothian & Borders Fire and Rescue Service and other agencies.

To supplement existing work in the area, a season of co-ordinated crime prevention and environmental improvement activity will begin on 25th September and continue into the autumn.

As well as different council departments, other agencies including the DVLA and Trading Standards will be focusing on the area by co-ordinating their work in conjunction with the local police Safer Neighbourhood Team at Drylaw police station.

A series of activities are planned which will include community led clean-ups, targeting of fly tipping, cycle marking and bike security sessions, joint police/environmental patrols and road safety 'parksmart' sessions around primary schools.

Free crime prevention surveys will also be offered to victims of housebreaking and hate crime and the police will also be visiting shops and licensed premises to assist them with security and safety advice as winter approaches.

Drop-in surgeries are also planned to allow residents to share their concerns with police and council officers and ensure that resources are focused to where they are needed.

Councillor Cammy Day, Community Safety Leader for Edinburgh, said: "The Capital Coalition is committed to keeping our communities safe. By listening to people and working in partnership with other agencies we can tackle the priority issues and improve the quality of life.

"I would like to encourage residents to take part in the organised activities aimed at making the area cleaner, greener and safer for all. Take time out to attend one of the many drop in surgeries that are being arranged and tell us what issues are affecting you.

"This is a great opportunity for our residents to help shape the services that are provided for their benefit. Speak to us about anti-social behaviour, graffiti, dog fouling or anything that you feel will improve life within your community. "

Inspector Mark Rennie from Drylaw police station said: "By being smarter about when and where we use our resources in the area we will be able to have a greater impact on crime and antisocial behaviour over the autumn.

"We've received great support from partner agencies and there is a real willingness to maximise our efforts to tackle the underlying problems which have been reported to us by residents".

Regular updates on the progress of the operation and ongoing activities will be available on twitter via @LBP_Police and @north_team.

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