Police reflect on successful year

Graeme Kinmond
Graeme Kinmond

THE targeting of known offenders has been key to reducing the levels of recorded crime in Levenmouth.

So claims the area’s chief inspector, Graeme Kinmond, in a New Year statement where he highlighted some of the local force’s achievements.

Chief Inspector Kinmond reckoned 2011 was a “successful year” in Levenmouth, with a continued reduction of recorded crime and also a significant fall in serious violent offences of 22 per cent.

He added that a “structured focus on key offenders”, with the help of information from the community, contributed to the fall, and either stopped offending occurring or provided stronger evidence for the courts to hand down longer sentences.

“The continued reductions in crime across Levenmouth demonstrate that it is becoming a safer place to live, visit and work,” said the chief inspector.

“We are not complacent about this and my firm desire is that we will produce even better results for 2012 but, to do so, we need the continued support of you, the public.

“My officers are working well in partnership to maintain our efforts in reducing crime and increasing detection rates.

“The area of Leven town centre, for instance, sees an almost constant presence on foot to provide reassurance to the public, as well as a message to any would-be criminals.”

During 2011, Levenmouth officers increased their focus on violence, anti-social behaviour, vandalism and drug offences in this area, while several high-visibility patrols were also carried out.

A focus on drink-related offences was also launched and, to date, 133 fixed penalty anti-social behaviour tickets have been issued for offences relating to drinking in the street or urinating in a public place.

“I would like to thank our partners, elected officials, my officers and the community of Levenmouth for their contributions and support over 2011,” added the Levenmouth chief inspector.