Education and support is helping Fifers feel safer

Superintendent Dougie Milton says a considerable amount of work is being done to make Fifers feel safer and to support victims of crime.
Superintendent Dougie Milton says a considerable amount of work is being done to make Fifers feel safer and to support victims of crime.

Nine out of 10 people in Fife rate their neighbourhood as a good places to live – but one in five are worried they may be a victim of crime.

These figures come from a survey carried out by the Fife Community Safety Partnership, and are included in its annual report, which also suggests that “education and effective support” are helping residents of Fife feel safer.

The report was presented to Fife Council’s safer communities committee, and highlights work being done to support the most vulnerable members of the community.

This includes fire officers carrying out visits and providing a wide range of home safety advice, the Safe Secure and Supported at Home initiative helping victims of domestic abuse live safely within their own homes through security visits, and further initiatives including No Cold Calling Zones, Business Watch and Rural Watch which target specific communities.

Superintendent Dougie Milton, who leads the Making Fife’s Communities Safer initiative, said: “Our annual report details the huge variety of work undertaken within Fife to help people feel safer, while supporting victims and tackling crime, anti-social behaviour and injury.

“We’re noticing a reduction in crime and for some types of injury, and an increase in people’s feelings of safety. However, perceptions and experiences do vary between different areas and communities and our focus is to strengthen the links between organisations and target the people most in need.”

According to the survey, more people in Kirkcaldy, Levenmouth and Cowdenbeath (25 per cent) are worried about being victims of crime than in north east Fife (eight per cent).

And one in three respondents aged 16-24 fear someone living with them may be a victim of crime, compared to just six per cent of over 75s.

Six out of 10 people feel the level of crime in their area has gone down. Levels of crime in Fife have fallen by six per cent between 2012/13 and 2014/15.