Police maintain high visibility presence in Cowdenbeath

Police in Cowdenbeath have been tackling alcohol related disorder and offences and have issued 15 Fixed Penalty tickets over the past few weeks.

As part of the local police force’s Festive Safety Campaign officers have focused on tackling this type of offence by issuing the £40 penalties.

Community Engagement meetings regularly identify public concerns over drunkenness and drinking in the street and the Force said positive action has been taken to ensure the community remain reassured by enforcement action.

Local Area Community Sergeant, Kenny Greig, said: “An additional 270 hours of high visibility foot patrol in the Cowdenbeath areas main retail shopping areas, coupled with three days of action in checking local and cross country bus routes for known offenders, both deterred and detected those intent on stealing goods at this time of year.

“Regular visits to businesses and licensed premises along with advice and reassurance given through projects such as The Business Forum, Shop Watch has resulted in a 30% reduction in crimes of dishonesty in the High Street compared with last year’s figures. There has also been an 81% detection rate for all offences in shopping areas.

“Increased school and community group visits have also promoted all aspects of safety during this period reinforcing the public’s awareness in relation to security and protection. Everyone has the right to be safe and feel safe in their communities.”

The Force said that proactive community work by officers had led to ten people being arrested on warrant. Tackling drugs offending also continues with over £80,000 worth of drugs seized over the past month in various actions across the area.

During the past year the number of crimes recorded in Fife has fallen by 11% with 2277 fewer crimes recorded in 2010-2011 compared with the previous 12 months. Last year’s figures follow several years of falls in recorded crime, which is now 46% lower than it was six years ago. During the past year the overall detection rates across Fife also rose to 55%.