Lothian & Borders Police
Community and Neighbourhood Watch News
ISSUE 15 November 2005
'Working in Partnership for a Safer City'
Seizing the Initiative on Bus Safety
This month I would like to pay tribute to the work of one police officer in particular - PC Martin White. In 2003, Martin became Scotland's first dedicated Public Transport Liaison Officer. His remit? To establish the true extent of bus crime and to ensure that bus travel in and around the capital was as safe as possible. Over the last 2 years, his success has been unprecedented. He has fostered excellent working relationships with Edinburgh's two major bus companies. He is well-known to managers and drivers alike and provides a single point of reference for police enquiries. Under his stewardship, an innovative 'Crimestoppers' bus campaign in 2004 saw tip-offs from the public soar by 110%. This year, an identical scheme saw a rise of 130%. Martin also planned and implemented the issue of DNA testing kits to drivers to tackle despicable incidents of staff being spat upon. A number of people have since been traced and charged using this equipment. Over 100 million passenger journeys were made in the last year. This represents an annual increase in bus patronage of 27%. As he leaves his post for pastures new, Martin can congratulate himself on a job well done. I would also wish his successor - PC Kirsty White - all the very best in her new role.
Allan Shanks, Chief Superintendent.
'Take Control' Remote Reporting Scheme
For a number of reasons, many people are reluctant to report crimes and other incidents directly to the police. Remote reporting, as the name suggests, allows the reporting of such matters to a third party agency. It in turn forwards the report to the police. The particular agency may also offer support and advice to the individual concerned.
The mechanics of the system are fairly simple. The victim is given the option of reporting an incident formally, informally, or even anonymously. The third party agency notes basic details of the incident and faxes or e-mails these to the Force Communications Centre at Bilston. Details are logged here and sent out to local managers within the Criminal Investigation Department. Officers are then allocated to investigate the incident or crime. They are encouraged to maintain clear lines of communication with the third party agency and the victim so that everyone knows how the enquiry is progressing.
Lothian and Borders Police has been operating this system since 2000, with considerable assistance and support from members of the Black and Minority Ethnic Community, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender groups, sex industry workers and homeless persons agencies. Because of its success, the number of remote reporting sites in Edinburgh has risen to 18. Full details of the scheme are included on our website at www.lbp.police.uk/takecontrol They can also be obtained by calling 0131-311-3909.
Tollcross Sector – Beat 30 – DalryDuring October there was 10 domestic housebreakings 7 within the Duff Street/Murieston area, most were entered by smashing a window or forcing the front door. One male has been identified for some of the 7 and is actively being sought by the police. Another male is being sought for one other.
We would ask all residents to remain vigilant and call the police regarding anything suspicious.
Handbags and mobile phones continue to be a favourite target for thiefs when left unattended. Always ensure whether at work, in a pub or nightclub that you don't leave bags or phones unattended.
Youth calls historically increase in October leading up to Halloween and bonfire night with fireworks and other problems including school holidays. These will be monitored and any problem areas will be identified and targeted by the local police.
Constable Bryce's next Community Police surgeries will be held between 1300 and 1400 hrs on Wednesdays and 1800 and 1900 hrs on Thursdays at The Gorgie Dalry Partnership Office, 258 Dalry Road, Edinburgh. Dates for the next 3 months being 16th and 17th November, 14th and 15th December and 18th and 19th January 2006.
Tollcross Sector – Beat 31 – FountainbridgeThere was one domestic housebreaking in Fowler Terrace. The front door was forced and a quantity of compact discs and computer games were stolen. There were two business housebreakings:
A quantity of clocks were stolen from a shop in Bruntsfield Place. A shop in Lochrin Buildings was broken into and numerous items stolen.
Two vehicles in Bryson Road were broken into. Both had audio equipment stolen from within.
A blue Honda Civic was stolen from Home Street. It was recovered two days later in Spylaw Road.
A pedal cycle was stolen from a common stair in Tay Street. It had been left secured to railings.
There were 21 youth calls during October. Most were in the second half of the Starting Outlook month on the lead up to Halloween.
Constable Goodall's next Community Police Surgery will be held between 1100 and 1200 hours on Wednesday 30th November, at the North Merchiston Youth Club, 48 Watson Crescent, Edinburgh.
Tollcross Sector – Beat 32 – TollcrossThere have been 5 domestic housebreakings reported, these being at, Valleyfield Street, Panmure Place, Lauriston Place and Londsdale Terrace. There have also been 4 attempts of housebreaking. Doors have been forced by bodily pressure. If you have a mortice lock on your door use it as well as the yale, this makes the door more secure.
Sixteen vehicles were damaged whilst they were parked around Johnston Terrace, Castle Terrace, Grindlay Street and Grindlay Court. An attempt to steal 3 vehicles was also made and 1 vehicle was stolen from George Square.
Five pedal cycles have also been stolen, 1 at Drumdryden Street, 3 from George Square and 1 from Crichton Street. All had been secured to railings and had been stolen by cutting through the chain.
There were 30 youth calls over the last four weeks. The majority were all related to youths setting of fireworks. Police patrols at the Meadows and Bruntsfield Links are still being carried out at the weekends. If you have any concerns regarding any issues please contact myself at the station.
Harry Fraser – Tollcross Sector Inspector.
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