Lothian & Borders Police
Community and Neighbourhood Watch News
ISSUE 9 May 2005
'Working in Partnership for a Safer City'
Policing Expectations in a Changing World
Today’s police service is open to an unprecedented level of public scrutiny and accountability. My job is essentially to balance a finite budget and workforce on the one hand, with your high expectations of a safe city on the other. I have an obligation to continually look at how we work and see if we can do things more efficiently. ‘Operation Capital’, the restructuring of city policing that began in 2003, has produced many benefits. Aligning our policing boundaries, for example, has allowed us to pioneer unique partnership initiatives such as our Safer Community Units at Broomhouse and Craigmillar, and our Youth Action Team in Howdenhall. Equally, we recognise that traditional policing in the shape of the well known and accessible local ‘bobby’ is something that you value highly. This is why, as of the beginning of this month, we will be taking the bold step of allocating 58 dedicated Community Beat Officers to the 58 individual wards that make up the city. These officers will be backed up on a ‘24/7’ basis by the larger bulk of Community Patrol Officers, but their primary responsibility will be to work solely with local people on local issues. We have done all we can to protect their time in and I will watch how their role evolves with interest.
Allan Shanks, Chief Superintendent.
Last month Lothian and Borders Fire Service launched a free home safety check service, which provides home safety advice and where required, the supply and fitting of free 10-year smoke detectors.
Since this time some people have received telephone calls offering home safety surveys in relation to the installation of fire detection equipment and home security systems. These calls are not from the Fire Service.
The caller attempts to arrange a home visit and is very persistent in this tactic.
Due to this hard sell approach the recipients, who are generally older or vulnerable members of society, submit to this badgering and agree to a home survey.
Experience shows that once access has been gained to the home of an older member of the community the hard sell approach will continue until a sale is made.
To arrange free home safety check you can call the Fire Service on 0800 169 0320 or if you are in any doubt about a call made to you, feel free to phone Fire Service HQ on 0131 228 2401.
The Safer Communities Department will be at the Royal Highland Show from the 23rd to the 26th June. We will have a variety of themes such as raising awareness of housebreaking, vehicle crime, wildlife crime, tackling bogus caller activity, as well as having competitions for children. Representatives from various security product manufacturers, all accredited to ‘secured by design’ standard, will also be available.
Feel free to come along and pick our brains about reducing crime in your area, or simply to pick up a leaflet or two. Here’s hoping the weather holds though!
Tollcross Sector – Beat 30 – DalryI am the new community beat officer for the Tollcross sector, my name is Clare Smith and I can be contacted on the telephone numbers that are listed, Please contact me with regards to any problems or questions you may have.
Now that the weather has improved and nights are lighter, more people are out and about and areas such as The Meadows and Bruntsfield Links are an attraction. The rise in groups of youths frequenting these areas has risen over the past few weeks, there has been 5 calls reported to the police over the past 3 weeks re nuisance and noise. This is being monitored and these areas will be given more attention.
Can I also remind you all to take care of all your personal belongings when out and about and don’t give the opportunist thief a chance. Keep all bags in your sight at all times and don’t hang them on the backs of chairs whilst in cafes / bars / restaurants, it takes seconds for a thief to lift the bag or an item from it.
Tollcross Sector – Beat 31 – FountainbridgeFirstly I would like to introduce myself as the new community Beat officer for the Dalry Ward, my name is Ian Bryce and I can be contacted on the numbers shown on this newsletter. I hope to meet as many of you as possible whilst carrying out my duties and patrolling the Dalry area. Do not hesitate to contact me regarding any advice or problems you have.
There have been a number of Domestic Housebreakings recently in the area predominately during the day and I would ask you to ensure doors and windows are closed and locked prior to going out.The summer period is a time to open windows and leave doors open because of the heat but this also gives the opportunist thief a chance to enter your property, I would ask you to be vigilant.
In relation to the Domestic Housebreakings one male has been arrested and is being reported to the Procurator Fiscal.
Finally there has been a number of handbag Thefts and mobile phone Thefts from Pubs,clubs, Restaurants and businesses in the area.Ensure your property whilst at work or when out socialising is always under your control or locked away.
Tollcross Sector – Beat 32 – TollcrossMy name is John Goodall and I am the new community beat officer for Fountainbridge. Many of you will know me having worked this area for some time and I look forward to making new contacts as well as expanding my existing contacts within the community. I can be contacted on the numbers listed. Do not hesitate to contact me for any assistance I can give.
Recently there have been a number of Domestic housebreakings but I can report that two separate males have been reported to the procurator fiscal regarding a number of crimes in our area. These individuals will continue to attract attention from officers at the West End Police station.
The Summer is almost upon us and I would remind you to lock windows and doors when going out. Whilst we are at home open doors or windows can prove attractive to an opportunist Thief. It only takes a few seconds to enter a house steal something and leave. I would ask you to be aware of this and report any suspicious characters to the Police.
Finally Constables Smith, Bryce and Goodall although having specific community beats will attend meetings within the Tollcross Sector and assist when the community beat officer for that area is not available.
Harry Fraser – Tollcross Sector Inspector.
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