Lothian & Borders Police
Community and Neighbourhood Watch News
ISSUE 2 October 2004
'Working in Partnership for a Safer City'
Communication and Crime…The Way Forward
I would like to touch on two topics this month. Firstly, a brief note about the Newsletter itself. We have already had some favourable feedback regarding its format and content. I have also been made aware though that some local groups would like more information than was given last month. I know that in some parts of the capital contact between officers and city residents has previously been infrequent and sporadic, whilst in others it has been consistently good. The Newsletter aims to get the balance right here. By its very nature the document is short – it is designed to be easily read and e-mailed. This does not mean however that we are trying to be too strict about the type of material we use. The 'Local News' section is capable of being expanded or reduced to cover events in your area and I would encourage all readers to feed back their views on the Newsletter to the local officers shown overleaf. Secondly, crime figures released today show that overall recorded crime is down again and September's crime clear-up rate is up to 44.5%. The fact that we are solving almost 1 in every 2 crimes in a city like this is truly excellent and stands favourable comparison anywhere in the country. I look forward to reporting on future developments.
Allan Shanks, Chief Superintendent.
This month the Community Safety Topic really is hot, 2,000 degrees centigrade in fact. This is the temperature a simple sparkler reaches, over 15 times the boiling point of water. With this in mind we would like to take the opportunity to remind you of a few simple precautions to take whether attending an organised Bonfire or doing it yourself on November the 5th.
Each year the Emergency Services attend numerous incidents as a result of people not handling fireworks properly. Legislation has been brought in to impose tighter controls on persons permitted to use fireworks and in an effort to reduce the number of incidents involving fireworks. Persons under the age 18 year are not permitted to purchase or possess fireworks in a public place. Fireworks should not be set off in a public place, i.e. anywhere other than a back garden. It is illegal to sell fireworks individually. The sales of specific types of fireworks are also covered by the legislation with Air bombs and mini-rockets being banned from public sale this year.
We want you to enjoy Bonfire night and urge you to use fireworks safely. Please read the instructions provided on your fireworks before use.
If you require further information on bonfire and firework safety please contact Lothian and Borders Fire Brigade Community Safety Department on 659 7254. If you require Crime Prevention Advice please contact the Community Safety Department on 221 2050 / 2090.
Tackling Domestic Housebreaking is one of our Force goals and we are stepping up our patrols in the Gorgie Area where we have noticed a pattern of break ins where entry is gained to common stairs and doors to flats forced usually by kicking. If you live in a common stair please consider how secure your common stair door entry system is. If you need any advice on this please feel free to contact our Crime Prevention Officers for advice on 0131 221 2100.
As bonfire night approaches police would appeal to parents to remind their children that they are not allowed to purchase or possess fireworks, we will certainly be reminding retailers of this in order to keep everyone safe this bonfire night.
October was the start of a national campaign by police with a focus on knife crime, vandalism and drinking in public places. Your local officers will of course be contributing to this national campaign wherever we can to make our communities safer. Your support is very much needed. If you have information please call us direct or if you would rather please make use of the Crime Stoppers number 0800 555 111.
Crime within the Shandon area this month is relatively low and in the main confined to auto crime with either vehicles broken into or damage caused to vehicles, Harrison Gardens and surrounding areas are the areas targeted.
Crime figures for Gorgie and Dalry areas this month are also down on previous months with a good number of arrest's made and crimes solved. Youth problems in the Dalry Road area continue to be addressed and positive steps are being progressed against youths who cause damage and are responsible for anti social behaviour in our area.
Harry Fraser – Tollcross Sector Inspector.
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