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McLEISH LAUNCHES CENTRAL EDINBURGH CCTV

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A new CCTV scheme in central Edinburgh will further protect the ...
A new CCTV scheme in central Edinburgh will further protect the

public's right to live their lives free from the fear of crime, according to Scottish home affairs minister Henry McLeish.

Speaking today at the launch of the£270,000 central Edinburgh CCTV

scheme, Mr McLeish said:

'CCTV has a crucial role to play in the government's radical new

agenda on community safety. One of the most significant

contributions we have made to the safety of people and property in our

communities is our substantial investment in CCTV schemes across

Scotland. A total of 85 projects have now been awarded Scottish

Office grants amounting to almost£5.5m, including the system

here in central Edinburgh.

'This project would not have been possible without the support of the

local authorities, the private sector and the backing of the police. I would especially like to congratulate these bodies today on their

successful partnership approach to removing crime and the fear of

crime from the streets of central Edinburgh. It is clear that the

combined efforts of all those involved in making this system a reality

will be a tremendous aid to the policing of the city centre. This

innovative pooling of resources will bring many benefits to the

community.

'CCTV has undoubtedly proved to be a major force in the fight against

crime. A recent study by the University of Abertay has highlighted the

effectiveness of the system in Dundee, for example, where the system

has had an impact particularly on car crime, theft and vandalism. The

report demonstrates a drop of 27 per cent in the level of recorded

crimes since the introduction of the system in October 1997.

'This event today is about acknowledging the great advances which

Edinburgh is making towards crime prevention. I have no doubt that

the formation of the City in View Association will provide real benefits in reducing crime and the fear of crime and will make a valuable contribution to building a safer Scotland for us all.'

NOTES

1. Since the launch of the CCTV Challenge Competition in 1995,

85 projects have been awarded grants amounting to almost

£5.5m. A further£1.5m has been made available for the

1999-2000 round, for which bids are invited by the end of October 1998.

2. The central Edinburgh CCTV scheme has received a total of

£135,000 from The Scottish Office. The scheme covers Princes Street,

Lothian Road, Tollcross and the Grassmarket.

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