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ISSUE 16 December 2005

'Working in Partnership for a Safer City'

City Wide

Policing the Beat – a Local Success Story

Earlier this year, 58 Community Beat Officers took to Edinburgh’s streets. Their remit? To reinforce police and community links across the capital by re-energising the role of the traditional ‘beat bobby’. Last week I had the pleasure of hosting a conference attended by these officers. From Portobello to South Queensferry, officers told me what they had achieved. Amongst other things, I learned of a student safety scheme in the city centre and of immensely successful Problem Solving Partnership work in the Leith area. One officer in the west of the city has even managed to obtain thousands of pounds from a charitable source to revamp a children’s play area. There are obviously challenges facing these officers. We are continually looking at shift patterns to optimise the ‘contact time’ they have with their respective communities. We need to guard against their deployment at special events for the same reason. In overall terms though, I was very impressed by the commitment and enthusiasm these officers have clearly shown as they settle into their new role. I know some of you will have felt the benefits already. I look forward to reporting on more local successes.
Allan Shanks, Chief Superintendent.

Hot Topic

The Pantomime with a Special Message

The fight against Bogus Caller crime remains one of the main priorities of the police in Scotland.

All too often it is the elderly who are most likely to fall victim to the people who commit these crimes.

Our Safer Communities Department has taken the lead role in working with partners to find an innovative and enjoyable way to reach these people. We have now found money to pay for over 700 older people to attend a matinee performance of ‘Mother Goose’ at the Kings Theatre on 14th December 2005. The Chief Constable has been the main contributor with money from the Proceeds of Crime Fund. The Edinburgh Community Safety Partnership, Scottish Power and Scottish Water have also put their hands in their pockets.

The pantomime cast will also highlight Bogus Caller crime advice and Mr Dickson, the Deputy Chief Constable, will address the audience at the end. Audience members will also be provided with ‘goody bags’ containing personal safety items and useful information.

Local News

Tollcross Sector – Beat 30 – Dalry
Domestic Housebreakings numbered 10 during November again being predominately in the Murieston and Dalry area. Although we are solving the majority of these crimes a more proactive approach is now being taken to reduce the numbers and detect offenders prior to the commission of crime. I have been delivering letters to households in the Murieston/Dalry area giving advice on home security and offering home security checks. We also ask that residents contact us immediately regarding anything/anyone suspicious.
Youth calls were up mainly due to fireworks this will be monitored and any area particularly Duff Street will be given extra police attention if required.

Constable Bryce’s next Community Police surgeries will be held between 1300 and 1400 hrs on Wednesday 18th January and 1800 and 1900 hrs on Thursday 19th January, 2006 at The GorgieDalry Partnership Office, 258 Dalry Road, Edinburgh, Dates thereafter will be the first Wednesday and Thursday.

Tollcross Sector – Beat 31 – Fountainbridge
There were two domestic housebreakings: A flat in Yeaman Place was broken into by pressure on the door. A local man has been charged and a large quantity of property recovered. An attempt was made to enter a flat at Gillespie Crescent. Three vehicles in Tay Street, Watson Crescent and Dundee Terrace were broken into and audio equipment stolen.
A blue Vauxhall Astra was stolen from Lochrin Terrace.
There were three pedal cycles stolen from Viewforth, Leamington Terrace and Ritchie Place. All had been left secured.
There were only 7 youth calls during November. This reduction was due to proactive police patrols in the Fountainbridge area.

Constable Goodall’s next Community Police Surgery will be held between 1100 and 1200 hours on Wednesday 4th January 2006, at the North Merchiston Youth Club, 48 Watson Crescent, Edinburgh.

Tollcross Sector – Beat 32 – Tollcross
There have been several motor vehicles damaged and broken into, in and around Keir Street, Johnston Terrace, one motor vehicle was also stolen from Keir Street. All vehicles were left secure but please try and remember not to leave any valuables within the car but if you must leave them, place them out of sight.
Pedal cycles are still being stolen. The majority when left attached to railings on the street. If possible take your bike indoors and ensure you have a good chain for securing the bike.
The youth calls to Leven Terrace / West Meadows play park and Bruntsfield Links have fallen. An operation has been organised and officers are patrolling these areas on foot, especially at the weekends to hopefully curtail any future problems.
Please remember if you witness any disorder or crimes being committed, please call the police on either 0131 311 3131 or 999

Harry Fraser – Tollcross Sector Inspector.

Useful Numbers

   And Finally...

Community Beat Officers (CBO’s)

The three Community Beat Officers for the
Tollcross Sector can be contacted on
0131 221 2008 or by e-mail as follows

Beat 30 – Dalry – PC Ian Bryce

Beat 31 – Fountainbridge
PC John Goodall

Beat 32 – Tollcross – PC Clare Smith

Officer in Charge of Tollcross Sector
Inspector Harry Fraser
  We would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Enjoy all the festive parties and gatherings and remember to take care.