"I have asked our performance department to supply figures however these can only be split into beat areas which will incorporate a larger area than the East Grange Neighbourhood Watch encompasses.
To provide a bit of context the boundaries of the beat area are Melville Drive, Causewayside – Mayfield Road, West Saville Terrace – Charterhall Road, Whitehouse Loan, Strathearn Road and east of Marchmont Road.
The figures I have looked at are last year to date 01/04/2018 – 03/02/2019 and compared with this year’s figures to date from 01/04/2019 – 03/02/2020.
Housebreakings to dwelling properties are significantly down on last year as are attempts to break into dwelling properties.
Housebreakings to businesses in the area are also significantly down on last year.
Housebreakings to Non Dwelling properties (sheds and garages) have also seen a reduction.
Theft of motor vehicles are comparable to last year however attempt thefts of motor vehicles have significantly reduced.
Theft of pedal cycles have increased slightly.
Theft from motor vehicles including forced entries to vehicles have reduced dramatically from last year’s figures.
In general the results are extremely positive and there have been significant reductions in the majority of crime types across the beat area. The most significant reductions are for housebreakings to domestic properties and break ins and thefts from motor vehicles.
I have had a look at the streets contained within the East Grange Neighbourhood watch area and recorded crime has decreased from last year.
Streets that have seen a break in to a property or attempt break in are Dick Place, Mansionhouse Road and Lauder Road. These predominantly occur overnight with the common MO of forcing a door by bodily pressure or forcing sash and case window with tool. The overall trend throughout the area is a large reduction in overall crime in particular reduction to housebreakings.
The figures are extremely positive and I hope residents have also noticed an improvement over the last year.
As always if anyone within the neighbourhood watch area has any questions or would like any further advice regarding crime prevention then please feel free to contact myself firstname.lastname@example.org or PC Stuart Fraser email@example.com who are still the two community officers for the Southside/Newington area.""