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ISSUE 14 October 2005

'Working in Partnership for a Safer City'

City Wide

Edinburgh: Soaring Popularity and Lower Crime

A poll just published in a leading broadsheet has revealed Edinburgh to be 'best city' in the UK for British travellers. This particular survey closely follows a previous international survey that put the capital in the top 5 of the most talked cities in the world. History, the Festival and the Hogmanay celebrations are obvious draws, but I like to think we in the police have our part to play in assuring Edinburgh's success. Recent reports elsewhere in the country have raised the spectre of rising crime but our mid-year performance statistics show that crimes of violence have actually fallen by 15%. Compared to the same period last year sexual crimes have also dropped by a staggering 25%, with almost 2 out of every 3 being solved. Total recorded crime is down by 2%. In the current international climate, tourists have become increasingly discerning individuals. As most visitors scour the internet and check their guidebooks, personal safety is high on their checklist. In this respect, Edinburgh has little to fear and much to recommend it.
Allan Shanks, Chief Superintendent.

Hot Topic

The Autumn Thief - Don't Make Your Home a Target

"The nights are fair drawin' in" as they say and people may not get home from work until after dark. Houses in darkness look unoccupied and attract thieves, so to deter them, we would urge you to think like a thief.
  • Fit timer switches to lights both up and down stairs, never just leave the hall light on – who spends their evening in the hallway? Make your house appear occupied. But don't just leave it at that.
  • Make sure your doors and locks are sturdy and well-fitted.
  • If you live in a stair, make sure the stair doors are locked and secured too; otherwise this puts every home in the stair at risk. Don't let anyone in if they are not visiting you. You wouldn't let them into your house, why let them into your stair?
  • All ground floor windows should be kept locked and secured with key operated locks – but keep the keys out of sight and reach. Thieves don't like smashing glass, it draws attention to them and they have to clear away the shards before climbing through.
Next time you walk down your street at night, guess which house is occupied or not – think like a thief to deter a thief.

Local News

Tollcross Sector – Beat 30 – Dalry
There were a number of Domestic Housebreakings in the Murieston area carrying on from last month.The mode of entry was varied but all apparently happened during the day.
I'm pleased to report that two Males not local to the area have been arrested and charged with these crimes and a report has been submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.
Pedal cycle thefts continue in the Dalry area and an initiative to check youths on cycles has been started and hopefully will produce results.
Two business premises in Rutland Square were broken into overnight,entry from the rear.
Finally youth calls have reduced due to the increased police attention given to problem areas.

Constable Bryce's next Community Police surgeries will be held between 1300 and 1400 hrs on Wednesday 19th October and 1800 and 1900 hrs on Thursday 20th October at The Gorgie Dalry Partnership Office, 258 Dalry Road, Edinburgh.

Tollcross Sector – Beat 31 – Fountainbridge
There were two domestic housebreakings in Murdoch Terrace and Bryson Road. The youth club in Watson Crescent was also broken into, however nothing was apparently stolen.
Four vehicles in the Bryson Road area were broken into. All had audio equipment stolen from within.
A Volkswagen Polo was stolen from Murdoch Terrace.
Two pedal cycles were stolen from Murdoch Terrace and Bruntsfield Place. Both had been left secured to railings. It may be advisable to take your cycles in doors when not being used.
There were 14 youth calls during September, these were spread evenly across the beat.

Constable Goodall's next Community Police Surgery will be held between 1100 and 1200 hours on Wednesday 26th October, at the North Merchiston Youth Club, 48 Watson Crescent, Edinburgh.

Tollcross Sector – Beat 32 – Tollcross
There have been an exceptionally high amount of thefts of bags/ purses from pubs/clubs/restaurants over the last four weeks. Please take care when you are visiting premises and ensure you do not leave valuables unattended.
Bike theft has also increased over the last few weeks. Even though the majority of owners have secured their bikes, they have unfortunately still been stolen. For safety, try and leave your bike in a well lit area and securely fastened with a heavy lock.

Youth calls have increased over the past few weeks especially at weekends. Police patrols will be increased and the Youth Action Team have been informed of the recent problems to help us police the area. If you observe any anti social behaviour please contact the police straight away.
There have been 4 domestic housebreakings all with a similar MO. Forcing rear windows that had been left open. Please be aware that housebreakers can climb and an open window can be an invite.
Harry Fraser – Tollcross Sector Inspector.

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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
  Youth Action Teams Following a successful pilot in South Edinburgh, the Youth Action Team is now operational in the Morningside area and will be giving attention to youth problems in the Bruntsfield / Meadows area.

Set up in South Edinburgh in 2003, Edinburgh's first Youth Action Team has proven to have had a clear impact on the level of youth related crime and disorder, as well as preventing problems occurring in the first place.

The teams will focus on prevention and early intervention, as well as building close contacts with young people, the wider community and other agencies.