Earlier this week I suggested the snow gave Edinburgh something extra, something special, something I called ‘The Ice Factor’.
We can now confirm the snow does have it’s benefits and that Leith has the Ice Factor.
During the snowy period, crimes of violence and indecency in Leith dropped by a third as did ‘Other Crimes’ like Breach of Bail, Possession of an Offensive Weapon and Possession of Drugs when compared to the same time last year, when we didn’t have snow. Miscellaneous Crimes including Breach of the Peace and Minor Assault dropped by two thirds. Only Group 4 Crimes saw an increase in Leith, perhaps this could be because this category includes Mischief?
In Edinburgh we see more of the same with hundreds more criminal offences committed last year when it wasn’t snowing compared to the same time this year in the snow.
The statistics say it all – Snow Sleighs crime and Leith has the Ice Factor
Table 1: Crimes reported in beat code areas that cover Leith and Leith Walk (NL and NW areas) from 26th November to 10th December 2009 to 2010 snow* comparison
Group 1 & 2
Table 2: Crimes reported in Edinburgh as a whole (A Division) from 26th November to 10th December 2009 to 2010 snow* comparison
Group 1 & 2
Group 1: Crimes of Violence – e.g. Murder, Culpable Homicide, Serious Assault etc
Group 2: Crimes of Indecency – e.g. Rape, Indecent Assault, Public Indecency etc
Group 3: Crimes of Dishonesty – e.g. Theft, Fraud, Housebreaking etc
Group 4: Fireraising, Vandalism and Malicious Mischief
Group 5: Other Crimes – e.g. Breach of Bail, Possession of an Offensive Weapon, Possession of Drugs etc
Group 6: Miscellaneous Crimes – e.g. Breach of the Peace, Minor Assault etc
Group 7: Offenses Relating to Motor Vehicles – e.g. Drink Driving, No Tax, No Licence etc.
Please note that in order to prevent individuals or specific crimes being identified, Groups 1 and 2 have been combined.
Special thanks to Lothian and Borders Police Force Information Unit