Capital is awarded the title of UK's safest destination

Community Safety leader Councillor Cammy Day writes in today's Evening News about Edinburgh being Britain's safest city.

Edinburgh has this week been given the enviable title of Britain’s safest city in a survey carried out in cities across the nation.

The fact that more than two thirds of people living in the Capital – 68% - told YouGov that it is a safe place to be re-assures me that we are achieving our goal of protecting residents.

Our own research, through the Edinburgh Peoples Survey, has already revealed that 91% of people living here feel safe in Edinburgh after dark, a figure that actually increased from 75% five years ago.

The fact is that none of this is coincidental. A lot of effort has been going on and continues to take place to make sure that people living, working and visiting the city are protected and are free from harm.

Working closely with organisations such as Police Scotland and NHS Lothian has allowed us to tackle issues such as crime and anti social behaviour from several angles at the same time. The Edinburgh Community Safety Partnership has a list of priorities that are dealt with when it meets several times a year.

Examples of successful projects that have been made possible through this joint working are the Safezone bus, taxi marshals, and joint operations to increase safety over our many successful festivals.

Of course, listening to local communities and involving people in decisions has also made a significant difference, and much of this work takes place through community improvement partnerships. The work of our local Neighbourhood Partnerships is another big part of our success.

Anti social behaviour can be a real worry for communities and there’s been a focus on hitting this hard recently through the Anti Social Behaviour Review Group, which has led to a drop in the length of time it takes to resolve cases.

Our Anti Social Behaviour Strategy is sending the message to those involved that their behaviour will not be tolerated, and they will have to face consequences for their actions. As well as dealing with perpetrators, we support victims and also help families in a bid to prevent this type of behaviour from happening in the first place.

We’ll keep listening to our communities and working together with our partners so that people can continue to live, work

and visit here in Britain’s Safest City.

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