‘Stop and search’ weeding out crime

Stop and search
Stop and search
  • Levenmouth cases double in number
  • Police regarded is useful
  • Seen generally as keeping people safe

Stop and search rates in Levenmouth have gone up by over 100 per cent in Levenmouth in the last year.

The statisics were released as part of the local policing update at the recent Levenmouth area committee meeting.

Chief Inspector Adrian Annandale, who delivered the report, told councillors: “Stop and Search is a tactic used very successfully in Levenmouth. 
“It is a proportionate tactic used on the right people, in the right place and at the right time to reduce crime and disorder.”

Explaining figures that showed a decrease in the number of positive searches over the same period (minus 8.4 per cent) the chief inspector said as more searches were carried out, offenders were less likely to carry objects which could lead to a postive search.

Chief Inspector Annandale explained that, as part of the stop and search pilot in Fife, officers visited schools to engage with youngsters and to inform them about the tactic.

“There was a high percentage of positive comments,” he said. “The general feeling was that it was being used to keep people safe, and we will definitely continue this engagement.”

Councillor Tom Adams noted that by confiscating alcohol during searches, not only would it reduce the rate of underage drinking, it would also help police to find out the premises selling it illegally.