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Community and Neighbourhood Watch News

ISSUE 10 June 2005

'Working in Partnership for a Safer City'

City Wide

G8 - Protest, Passion and Public Safety

Few Edinburgh residents can have escaped the volume of information, speculation and rumour surrounding this year’s G8 protest events in the capital. Lothian and Borders Police and the City of Edinburgh Council recognise that people hold strong and passionate views about the issues of Third World debt, poverty and world hunger. To this end, a dedicated police team has been working closely with the Council and the organisers of the various events to allow these perfectly legitimate voices to be heard. Public safety is of course paramount and policing such a large programme of events will inevitably require an extraordinary commitment on our part. All of my officers have had their days off cancelled so that we can keep this disruption to a minimum. Some will be working at specific events whilst others will be working long hours at their usual stations to ensure that normal policing standards across the city are maintained. Within sensible expectations, my aim is very much ‘Business as usual’. Up-to-date information on can be obtained on a dedicated enquiry line 0131 200 2343 or by visiting or
Allan Shanks, Chief Superintendent.

Hot Topic

Everyone needs a holiday some time. And however much we like our homes, there is nothing like a change of scenery. But we all want to come home and find everything as we left it. Almost half of all break-ins happen when a flat or house is empty.

Before you go
  • Make your home look like someone is living in it. Don’t close your curtains in daytime this shows the house is empty. Use automatic timer-switches to turn your lights on.
  • Cancel any milk or newspaper deliveries.
  • Avoid discussing holiday plans where strangers may hear details of your absence.
  • Cut the lawn before you go and trim back any plants.
  • Uncollected mail is a sign that you are away.
  • Consider leaving important documents and valuable items with other family members or a bank. Or use a safe.
  • Do not put your home address on your luggage when you are travelling to your holiday destination.
  • Consider moving any pedal cycles into the house.
  • Make sure all outside doors and windows are locked, and your burglar alarm is set.
Help from your neighbours
It’s a good idea to get help from your neighbours. You could ask them to collect post, sweep up leaves, mow the lawn, open and close curtains, and so on. Anything to make the place look lived in.

Let your neighbour know when you will be away and, if you can, give them details so that they can contact you, or someone who can act on your behalf, in an emergency.

Local News

Tollcross Sector – Beat 30 – Dalry
There were three domestic housebreaking during the last four weeks. A male was arrested and charged in relation to one of them, and a report has been submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.
There continues to be a problem with Thefts of handbags and mobile phones from licensed premises and business premises in the Dalry area.
Can I remind you to keep bags/mobile phones under your control at all times. It only takes a few seconds to lift a handbag or steal a mobile phone from an unattended bag or jacket.
We have received a number of youth related calls to the Dalry Road/Duff Street area in the last few weeks. Police patrols have been tasked to increase patrols in the area and respond timeously to any such calls.

Tollcross Sector – Beat 31 – Fountainbridge
On Wednesday 8th June, PC John Goodall held a police surgery at the North Merchiston Boys and Girls Club in Watson Crescent.
This is to give local residents the opportunity to meet their local Community Officer and to make him aware of any problems, complaints or concerns on the Fountainbridge Beat.
Constable Goodall intends to hold a surgery every 5 weeks, with the next one on Wednesday 13th July, between 1100 hours and 1200 hours.

I don’t wish to tempt fate by saying that it has been quiet recently with regards to domestic housebreakings. We should not be complacent however, and should try and make it as hard as possible for potential housebreakers by ensuring that windows and doors are locked when going out.
There has been a number of vehicles broken into recently, so can I remind you to remove any valuable items when leaving your vehicle, or at least lock them in the boot out of view.
Can you also be aware of ‘bogus callers’ (persons offering to do gardening, driveways or other minor jobs at extortionate prices ) and callers claiming to be from gas, electricity or water board.
Look through your spy hole. If you don’t recognise the person, put on security chain and asked to see identification.

Tollcross Sector – Beat 32 – Tollcross
Calls this month regarding youths have been minimal, again this will continually be monitored especially with the school holidays approaching.
The Meadows fun fair was a success and there were only a couple of incidents reported. The fair was policed by a specific detail of officers who’s visible presence let many people enjoy the fair and keep trouble makers at bay.
There has been only 1 domestic housebreaking this month, which is good news but remember and stay vigilant and lock doors and windows when leaving your property. Check the locks on stair doors and remember if you can get in without a key by pushing it so can the housebreaker.
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
  G8 Summit
The G8 summit at Gleneagles and associated events in Edinburgh will soon be upon us. The message is clear and Divisional Commander, Mr Shanks, has set the scene on above. We will work with the community and organisers of events to ensure the city functions as normally as possible, residents and businesses are encouraged to do likewise. Here is some useful advice to help the business community approach the events as prepared as they can be.
  • Review existing security and emergency arrangements for business.
  • Check CCTV systems cameras and tapes/discs, keep for at least one month.
  • Consider contingency planning for damage, access to premises, and disruption to business / routines.
  • Review staff arrangements travel and accommodation – think road closures crowds, transport issues and reliefs.
  • Review banking and delivery arrangements, link with suppliers.
  • Consider identification processes for guests/visitors in B+B, Hotels etc.
  • Update Key holder details include e-mail contact to 0131 331 3131.
  • Report all suspicious activity and any unusual thefts – scaffolding, plant and machinery or climbing implements.
‘Home cover’
The police response may at times be prioritised with non urgent/low priority calls held back a little. Full shifts will be operating at home stations however – including the West End, serving this area. Local service is a priority throughout.

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