(This article is from March 2016)
A new CCTV camera is to be installed on the Roseburn to Leith cyclepath amidst worries over anti social behaviour.
The decision was made after Police Scotland presented sufficient statistics to the Council, who allocated funds to the project. At least one camera will be installed at the Maidencraig entrance to the cycle path.
Dog walker Carol Stewart said she would be more likely to use the path now. ‘I always avoided the path at night due to the lack of safety. My cocker spaniel isn’t the best protection!’
However the news comes during a 10% decrease in anti social behaviour: as Police Scotland statistics themselves show. There has also been a 25% dip in reported crime as a whole in the Craigleith/Blackhall area.
The CCTV camera is the latest in a number of crime prevention schemes Police Scotland have carried out, the most prolific being the introduction of a police helicopter. The helicopter started being used last September and was met with controversy as residents complained of noise pollution. Police Scotland believe it is a necessary tool in dealing with car and house break ins and it pertains to this day. The camera is being met more warmly.
Local business owner Imogen Douglas said the camera would make her feel more secure, and that she felt it was a good use of the council budget.
When Edinburgh North Services were asked of the development – they responded that there could in fact be more than one camera. “Three new CCTV-enabled posts are being installed soon, and will be able to hold CCTV cameras if needed in the future,” they said.
This indicates a lack of communication between the council and the neighborhood services, or at least a delay in conveying this information to the public. Robert Robertson, a journalist who cycles into town at antisocial hours, is less supportive.
“I take this path late when it’s dark, everywhere you go is going to be less safe at night. I get one camera being installed, but three sounds excessive.”
Last year a 16 year old was assaulted at the Maidencraig cycle path entrance. The teenager was attacked by three youths who took his backpack and phone. Police Scotland hope that the CCTV will deter people of behaving in this way again.
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