Levenmouth’s streets may be safer than ever... but that’s not how everyone sees it.
While the majority of residents feel secure in the community, one in four people are worried about becoming a victim of crime.
These are the key findings in the area’ s first community safety survey, carried out in 2014 by the Fife Community Safety Partnership.
It also revealed that 54 per cent of people feel safe walking in their neighbourhood after dark, while 77 per cent feel safe when home alone at night. These statistics were both slightly less than the Fife average (69 per cent and 88 per cent respectively).
The results were drawn from the views of 1028 respondents.
Presenting the report to Levenmouth area committee, Fife Council policy officer Lyndsey Maricic said more work would be done to determine the reasons for the figures.
“How accurate is it really? “There’s no doubt it’s an important number but we have to understand it. “Personally, I see more families out in the streets on their bikes and more people out running. “I’m not convinced that 1028 respondents is enough, and I would like there to be an analysis of that figure.”Councillor David Alexander
“Previously, we used the Scottish Household Survey for these kind of findings, and the figure – for those who feel at risk of crime– used to be higher,” she explained.
“It’s definitely food for thought and we will have to do more in-depth work to understand what’s going on underneath those figures.”
The report also contained an outline of a number of ongoing initiatives and it was hoped these would make an impact on the negative outlook.
These include a partnership with police on Operation Shorehead aimed at reducing youth disorder in Leven at nights and weekends, Fife Cares home visits which help vulnerable adults and families with children, as well as road safety education including Safe Drive Stay Alive and the Cut It Out event held on Leven Promenade last year.
Councillor Tom Adams, comittee chairman, said: “This highlights the variety of work happening to provide reassurance, education and advice to individuals and groups, along with addressing problems of anti-social behaviour and crime in the area.
“It is hoped that the positive work will pay long-term dividends and really help people feel safer when at home or out and about.”
Councillor David Alexander was concerned but also sceptical over the report.
He said: “How accurate is it really?
“There’s no doubt it’s an important number but we have to understand it.
“Personally, I see more families out in the streets on their bikes and more people out running.
“I’m not convinced that 1028 respondents is enough, and I would like there to be an analysis of that figure.”