Snow Sleighs Crime: Leith has The Ice Factor

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

Crimes 

2009

2010*

Group 1 & 2

15

9

Group 3

127

113

Group 4

28

35

Group 5

38

12

Group 6

93

59

Group 7

28

16 

 

Table 2: Crimes reported in Edinburgh as a whole (A Division) from 26th November to 10th December 2009 to 2010 snow* comparison

Crimes 

2009

2010*

Group 1 & 2

66

45

Group 3

1049

646

Group 4

336

214

Group 5

236

110

Group 6

637

461

Group 7

190

134

 

Crime Categories

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 

Written by Emily Dodd


  • http://www.michaeltraill.co.uk Michael Traill

    It is worth pointing out that although there may have been a drop in recorded crime (the figues stated above) it is impossible to determine if there was a fall in actual crime, this is because there are no figures that exist anywhere which details the number of actual crimes committed as some crimes go unnoticed and some are noticed but go unreported.

    (I like to point that out a couple of times a year when Police forces across the year trumpet the downturn in crime.)

  • http://www.keepscotlandtidy.org Val.

    Wow! Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow…..