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ISSUE 5 January 2005

'Working in Partnership for a Safer City'

City Wide

The New Year – Fresh Measures to Tackle City Crime

Many of us traditionally make resolutions at this time of the year, resolutions that for the most part we may later break without detriment to others or ourselves. In my role as policing commander for the City of Edinburgh, I do not have this luxury. You – the city's residents – rightly expect my officers to hit our targets on crime. As 2005 opens, crime solvency in the city balances out at almost 40%, a figure twice that for London or similarly sized Liverpool. Over the next 12 months, I will ensure that our performance on key goals – theft by housebreakings, drugs offences, violent crime and disorder in public places – is maintained. Internal changes aimed at improved local community policing will take place throughout the year. Two new specially funded police teams – Safer Communities Units – and a Youth Action Team will also begin operating. Early models of both types of team already exist in the capital and have a proven track record of success – in one case reducing recorded crime by almost 50%. I will report on progress here in future Newsletters.
Allan Shanks, Chief Superintendent.

Hot Topic


Operation Alert was formed in March 2004 by Lothian and Borders Police to raise awareness of and investigate all forms of Bogus Caller Activity within the City of Edinburgh. Few would argue that this type of criminal behaviour is repulsive given that the vast majority of victims are older and more vulnerable members of our community. The Home Office Leaflet entitled, "How to Beat the Bogus Caller" gives excellent advice on how to reduce the likelihood of being targeted by these criminals. The assistance of all city Neighbourhood Watches is being urgently sought to distribute this leaflet amongst local communities, especially the elderly.

Please contact PC Andrew Cameron on

If you are willing to distribute a small quantity of these leaflets to homes, shops, community centres or any other locations within your area. Please supply your name and address along with the quantity of leaflets required and details of the area in which they will be distributed. The leaflets will then be sent out to you by post or dropped off at your local Police Station for collection.


Vehicle keys are often stolen during break-ins. This not only gives thieves a quick get away but also an easy means of transporting YOUR property. Before leaving the house or going to bed ask yourself the following six questions:

Is my house secure? Have I locked the doors and windows?
Can my car keys be seen from outside? Are they easy to find?
Is my car secure? Have I left anything on open display?

By taking a few simple precautions you can protect home and reduce the risk of your car being taken for a ride.

Local News

Considering the fact that December is a traditionally a very busy time for shops, pubs and clubs the number of reported crimes was down on previous months. The period from Christmas to Hogmanay was particularly quiet. As usual many of the crimes in the Tollcross and Fountainbridge sectors related to incidents at pubs and clubs. As mentioned previously an initiative organised by Sergeant Steve Dolan in conjunction with Crimestoppers aimed at pubs and clubs is now up and running and this will hopefully prove effective in reducing such crimes.

The Cavendish nightclub in Thornybauk has had its licence suspended for three months by the Licensing Board as a result of several serious incidents. It closed on the 2nd January and will have to satisfy the Board that it will operate in a more responsible manner before it can re-open. It will be interesting to see what effect this will have on the instances of disorder and minor crimes in the immediate area.

The number of domestic housebreakings remain low with one each reported in the Dalry and Tollcross sectors with three reported in Fountainbridge.

As last month the theft of pedal cycles continues to cause concerns with fourteen reported over the three sectors.

You will no doubt be aware of the publicity in the local media regarding Operation Capital. A review was carried out into all aspects of Capital and as a result a number of changes were recommended. As a result the number of officers based at the West End Police Station will effectively double. Officers previously based at Corstorphine and St Leonards will transfer to West End on Sunday, 23rd January. They provide the response to urgent calls and being more locally based will be able to attend incidents much quicker and thus provide a better service to the public.
Harry Fraser – Tollcross Sector Inspector.

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   And Finally...

Dalry Cemetery Liaison Officer
PC Emma Yetton
Fountain Park Liaison Officer
PC John Baillie
Dalry Beat Manager
PS John Kavanagh
Fountainbridge Beat Manager
PS John McEwan
Tollcross Beat Manager
PS Stevie Dolan

All of the above can be contacted at the
West End Police Station on 229 2323
Just a small reminder to highlight the need to properly catalogued any presents received over the Festive Season.

Where stolen property is recovered by the police there is a requirement that we prove who the owner is. In the absence of either a security mark, a serial number, or a distinguishing mark this is sometimes impossible.

To assist with cataloguing bikes a supply of "Bicycle Passports" has been obtained and are available through local Beat Managers.