Lothian & Borders Police
Community and Neighbourhood Watch News
ISSUE 1 September 2004
'Working in Partnership for a Safer City'
Reporting on Your Local Policing Issues
I am delighted to introduce this first issue of Edinburgh's new policing Newsletter. Policing in the Capital has undergone some major changes recently and one of our main aims has been to improve the way we communicate with other agencies, community groups and most importantly you, the city's residents. This Newsletter is a crucial part of that strategy. Wherever you live in the city, each edition will offer you a mix of topical policing issues, crime prevention advice and local news items. I trust you will find this format both interesting and useful.
Allan Shanks, Chief Superintendent.
Crimestoppers is a charitable organisation that is based within the Scottish Criminal Records Office in Glasgow. The scheme originated in the USA and is now operated in Canada, Australia and Ireland. Crimestoppers works through a single Nationwide freephone number 0800-555-111 which can be used to give confidential information. This number can be called at any time with information about any crime type. Anonymity is guaranteed and you will not be asked for your name. Calls are not traced or recorded and they will not appear on your phone record. Callers are offered cash rewards if their information leads to an arrest and charge of an offender. In 2003 Crimestoppers, Scotland, received 7,793 actionable calls resulting in 502 arrests and the seizure of drugs and property to the value of £590,066.
A crime trend to be aware of this month involves a number of housebreakings across the city where car keys and subsequently the cars themselves have been among items stolen. It is recommended that you keep your vehicle and house keys in a safe place that is easy to you to access but is not obvious to a potential housebreaker. In addition do not leave house keys in the lock as this can aid the thief in their escape.
If you would like further Crime Prevention advice please contact the West End Community Safety Department on 0131 221 2050 / 2090.
The summer Festival period has now finished with many of the events having been policed by local officers ensuring a friendly trouble free environment. During this period the are saw a huge influx of people, including performers, people attending the shows and those who just soaked up the atmosphere. However, we now look to the autumn/winter period and we are already making tentative arrangements with local groups for the Christmas season and the switching on of lights. Please contact us for advice even if you have already started making arrangements. With the darker nights fast approaching can I also take this opportunity to remind you to leave on a light or lights when leaving the house during the evening to give the impression that it is occupied. A more localised breakdown is continued below.
Harry Fraser – Tollcross Sector Inspector.
Local News Continued
CT 30 Dalry Beat and CT 31 Fountainbridge Beat each suffered 5 housebreakings to domestic premises. With one exception entry was gained via rear windows which are particularly vulnerable, extra security measures should be taken where windows overlook secluded gardens. Crime Prevention officers at the West End Police Station are always willing to call and give advice which is free of charge. Thefts of pedal cycles from common stairs was also a problem. Thieves armed with bolt cutters can make short work of most securing devices, the best advice is not to leave bicycles in common stairs.
CT 32 Tollcross Beat which takes in Lothian Road and the Grassmarket was extremely busy this month with the Festival. People from all over the world are attracted to the area and unfortunately so are the criminal fraternity who can have rich pickings from tourists whose attitude to security can be lax. Many of the crimes reported relate to thefts and minor assaults in or near licensed premises. PS Steve Dolan, the local Beat Manager, is organising an operation in conjunction with Crimestoppers to address problems associated with licensed premises. This should be up and running shortly and established for a period leading up to Christmas and the New Year.
Traffic problems – in response to complaints from residents in the Fountainbridge/ Tollcross area regarding motorists flouting Road Traffic laws PC John Goodall instigated a campaign where leaflets were handed to drivers during rush hour reminding them of their responsibilities. A period of enforcement will follow where action will be taken against offending drivers.
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