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ISSUE 4 December 2004

'Working in Partnership for a Safer City'

City Wide

Festive Policing – First Foot, Front Foot

A recent tourism survey once again highlighted Edinburgh’s status as the international city to visit over the New Year. While for the majority of people, Edinburgh will provide a memorable and exciting experience, for some there can be unfortunate consequences. An influx of visitors and revellers traditionally translates to a rise in anti-social behaviour and disorder in the city. This year I have authorised a number of operations, some involving police only and some in partnership with other agencies such as the local Council and private business. These will ensure that we are on the front foot for the Christmas and Hogmanay period. I will report on the impact of these initiatives in due course. In January, there will be a number of internal changes to policing structures in the capital. These follow an internal review and will focus on improved policing in local communities. One of my main priorities is to ensure that local officers are afforded the best opportunity possible to build up a relationship with their local communities and I am confident these changes will facilitate this. I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Allan Shanks, Chief Superintendent.

Hot Topic

Lothian and Borders Police would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
In an attempt to make sure your Christmas is a safe one, please follow these pieces of advice.

If you are going to a party
  • Do let someone know where you’re going and what time you expect to get home.
  • Do stick to your plans.
  • Do only take what you need.
  • Do keep your jacket and bags where you can see them, NOT on the floor.
  • Don’t leave your drinks unattended – if in doubt, throw it out.
  • Do share a lift, have a taxi booked or know where and when you can get a bus. Don’t miss it!
  • If challenged to a fight, don’t! Get away.
  • DON’T drink & drive.
  • Do be a designated driver.

Christmas Presents
  • Do hide them where they can’t be seen from outside your house.
  • Do remove them and all valuables from your car.
  • Do dispose of packaging carefully, DON’T advertise that new computer.
  • Do security mark them or note serial numbers.
  • Keep receipts and presents apart.
  • Do make your house look occupied.
And finally, do be good boys & girls and leave a carrot for Rudolph!

Local News

As mentioned in previous Newsletters a team officers from the West End CBO’s led by Sergeant John Kavanagh, the Beat Manager for Dalry, carried out an initiative to address the problems of domestic housebreakings. As a result 12 persons were arrested and charged with over 130 offences including housebreakings, thefts and thefts from vehicles. Whilst many of the crimes were committed outwith the Tollcross sector a significant number of local crimes were solved. Probably due to their efforts the number of domestic housebreakings committed in Dalry, Fountainbridge and Tollcross beats during the month of November were only 4.

Householders should take extra care with home security in the run-up to Christmas. Criminals are aware that presents will have been bought and they can expect richer pickings from their activities. Crime Prevention Officers at the West End Police Station are always willing to give advice on security free of charge.

A continuing concern is the number of pedal cycles stolen during November, 17 were stolen throughout the Sector with students being a particular target. Many cycles are expensive but secured by inferior locks. Owners should purchase the best lock they can afford and where possible avoid leaving their cycles in common stairs.

Local residents will have read in the media of the sad death of Andrew Couser after an incident in Morrison Street at the beginning of November. Whilst his death was not attributable to the fight he was involved in it was a contributing factor. Subsequent Police enquiries found many local residents were wakened by the disturbance and had seen the fight from windows but no-one telephoned the Police. It is perhaps a sad reflection on todays society where such incidents are accepted as a consequence of living in the city centre or people believe it is not worth phoning the Police as either they cannot get through or Police officers will take an age to attend. We would urge people to always call us when they witness such incidents – we cannot take action against the perpretrators of violence if we are not told about them.

To address the traditional rise in anti-social behaviour caused by drunken revellers at this time of the year with office parties etc a team of officers will carry out special patrols until after the New Year. They will target the known hotspots such as Lothian Road and the Grassmarket.

The Scotland wide drink driving campaign was launched on 6th December. Traffic officers will carry out high profile road checks to counter the unfortunate rise in drink driving offences. The message is if you are driving – don’t drink! If you have been drinking take care the morning after as you could still be over the limit and road checks will be in place during morning rush hours.

Local CBO’s will be on duty over the Christmas period and can be contacted at the usual number - hopefully they will be very quiet.
Harry Fraser – Tollcross Sector Inspector.

Useful Numbers

   And Finally...

PC Emma Yetton - Dalry Cemetery Liaison Officer
PS Alan Benzie - Youth Calls
PC John Baillie - Fountain Park Liaison Officer
PS John Kavanagh - Dalry Beat Manager
PS Peter Wilson - Fountainbridge Beat Manager
PS Stevie Dolan - Tollcross Beat Manager

All of the above can be contacted at the West End Police Station on 229 2323

A Merry Xmas
Happy New Year

from all at the
West End Police Station.