Fountainbridge 2005 Index Lothian & Borders Police Tollcross News Edinburgh News Sports News

Lothian & Borders Police

A Division

Community and Neighbourhood Watch News

ISSUE 11 July 2005

'Working in Partnership for a Safer City'

City Wide

Communication – Have we Got it Right?

This Newsletter has been running in its current form for almost a year. When we first launched it our aims were:
  • to present a standardised, concise, easily read and visually attractive document capable of either ‘hard copy’ or E-mail circulation;
  • to offer a mix of topical citywide and local news, as well as crime prevention advice and points of contact or electronic links to other community safety agencies; and
  • to free up front-line officers’ time by giving them a ‘ready-made’ news document that nonetheless remained flexible to local need.
We will only have achieved most of these aims if you, the reader, find the Newsletter useful. We will shortly be reviewing its format, structure and content and I am now looking for your feedback. For example, is the balance between the three parts rights? Could the format be improved on? Views can be E-mailed to or or passed by telephone on 0131-662-5085.
Allan Shanks, Chief Superintendent.

Hot Topic

The Heat Is On!

Houses in the UK are not traditionally equipped with air-conditioners and even in Edinburgh temperatures can soar. It is tempting to leave the doors and windows ajar to let the breeze in but a cool breeze may not be the only thing you invite into your house. Unwelcome guests - bogus callers, opportunistic and sneak-in thieves could enter your property gaining entry through an open door or window.

To reduce the chances of becoming a victim:-
  • Check gates and fences, as an open or unlocked gate or even a broken fence can be seen as a temptation to a potential thief.
  • Make sure that you always keep the windows and doors fully locked particularly in an unoccupied room, especially when out in the garden.
  • Keep desirable items out of view and out of reach to passers-by on the street.
  • Consider putting gravel on areas by your windows. The noise produced when stepping on gravel could alert the homeowners that someone is approaching the property.
  • Never leave the windows and doors unlocked when you are out.
  • Balmy summer nights are not conducive to sleep. However windows should be left on the catch if they have to be kept open during the night. Otherwise, it is best to keep them locked securely. And switch the burglar alarm on before you go to bed.
Even during the summer months, it is wise to be alert. This will save you from being hot and bothered later.

Local News

Tollcross Sector – Beat 30 – Dalry
There has been 4 motor vehicles stolen in the past 4 weeks with attempts to steal a further 5.
There has also been numerous thefts from vehicles so please ensure that you do not leave anything in sight within the vehicle and that it is locked and secure.
There were 19 calls to police with regards to youths causing annoyance, police patrols will be maintained especially over the remainder of the school holidays.

Please be aware of bogus workman within the area, check all security passes and if you are unsure do not let them into your house, call the company for clarification or the police. Be Vigilant.

Tollcross Sector – Beat 31 – Fountainbridge
There were no domestic or business housebreakings in June and the first two weeks of July.
Please continue to make it hard for potential housebreakers and slip-in thieves by ensuring that windows and doors are secured when leaving your property.

It has been relatively quite on the auto-crime front with only two vehicles broken into and one stolen in the last six weeks.
Theft of Pedal cycles is a recurring problem with five stolen in June in the Bruntsfield / Leamington area. Most were secured by chains to stair railings, so it may be advisable to take your cycles into your premises for added security and peace of mind.

There has been an increase in youth related calls since the start of the school holidays. The canal basin at Edinburgh Quay appears to be an attraction for local youths with reports of them jumping into the water. Although the water is only a few feet deep, the water is not very clean.
Passing attention will be given during the holidays by police patrols.

Constable Goodall’s next Community Police Surgery will be held between 1100 and 1200 hours on Wednesday 17th August, at North Merchiston Boys and Girls Club, Watson Crescent, Edinburgh.

Tollcross Sector – Beat 32 – Tollcross
For the last two weeks of June and the first two of July there has only been 5 calls to the police regarding youths. Police patrols will be kept up as there is still 4 weeks of the holidays to go and boredom might set in!!

There has been an exceptionally high call of people reporting their belongings stolen from pubs/restaurants and the meadows public park. We must all remain vigilant and do not leave items unattended, It only takes a second and whilst the weather is making us relaxed please be aware of who is around you and keep all belongings in sight.

There was 5 Theft by Housebreakings reported. Please check all locks on windows and doors and if you are able to push or prise them open – so can a housebreaker, have them fixed and ensure they are secure.
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
  Enjoy the summer weather whilst it lasts and if you notice anything suspicious or a crime either contact the police or the local CBO who will be more than happy to talk with you.

Be vigilant at all times and do not leave items unattended.

And finally..
There has been an incident where a bogus window cleaner asked for fresh water. On entry to the house the male was left unattended. When he left the occupier noticed a large sum of money had been taken.

Please be aware and if you don’t know them don’t let them into your house.