Festive period housebreakings show big drop

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Housebreakings in north east Fife fell by two-thirds over the festive season compared with last year, thanks to a crime campaign run by Fife Police.

‘Operation Blitzen’, which ran throughout the month of December, was aimed at tackling speeding, theft of diesel, the supply of alcohol to those underage, truancy and people driving under the influence of drink or drugs.

The results show that reported incidents of theft reduced by 55 per cent compared with December 2010 and reported housebreakings reduced by 67 per cent compared with the same period the preceding year.

The police say that much of the emphasis during the early stages of the campaign was on liaising and communicating with partner agencies, shops, licensees, schools and community groups to raise awareness and to gain information and intelligence on potential problem issues and areas.

Speeding was identified as an area of concern through the forces’s community engagement meetings, and 57 mobile speed checks were carried out in addition to use of the Safety Camera Partnership mobile camera van.

As a result of these checks, 47 motorists were issued with fixed penalty notices for various motoring offences.

With the help of information from concerned members of the public, a total of 11 people were detected for driving under the influence of alcohol during December.

Another 11 were issued with anti-social behaviour fixed penalties after high-visibility patrols were carried out in and around areas that had been identified as likely locations for violence and other anti-social behaviour.

The police say that early intervention by patrolling officers prevented a number of other incidents escalating, resulting in reported petty assault and anti-social behaviour incidents falling by 22 per cent and 15 per cent respectively.

Meanwhile a dozen drivers were picked up in Fife during the four-week festive drink driving crackdown that was run nationally by ACPOS, the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland.

Eleven were charged with driving while over the legal alcohol limit and one was charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol.