Lothian & Borders Police
Community and Neighbourhood Watch News
ISSUE 13 September 2005
'Working in Partnership for a Safer City'
Antisocial Behaviour – A Joint Approach to a Common Enemy
A few weeks ago I spoke at the launch of Edinburgh's new Antisocial Behaviour Strategy. Looking around this well-attended event, it suddenly struck me just how much things have moved on in recent years. The Police and Council are now working together to tackle 'quality of life' issues in a way that would have been unimaginable previously. For its part, the Council has committed itself to funding 55 additional police officers across Edinburgh. These posts will be uniquely focused on youth disorder and antisocial behaviour. It has also pioneered a number of new schemes and initiatives targeting the problem. The current Dispersal Order at Hunter Square is a good example. On the police side, we too are firmly committed to making these arrangements work. We are setting ambitious targets for the teams and we have given undertakings that officers will be taken off their particular areas in only the most exceptional of cases. The results from those teams already in place are very encouraging. I look forward to these being replicated elsewhere in the capital.
Allan Shanks, Chief Superintendent.
The emergence of 'identity theft' makes the protection of personal information extremely important. Thieves can use even the most mundane of personal details to help them 'verify' that they are someone they aren't. One of the most common ways of doing this is by raiding bins.
A recent study revealed that 86% of domestic rubbish contained information helpful to fraudsters. Three-quarters of the bins that were checked contained the full name and address of at least one person from the household. 20% contained a bank account number and some form of sort code that could be linked to the name and address of a person from the house.
SO….don't keep all of your bills, receipts and other personal information in an obvious place, if you can lock them away. If you can't do this try and keep it somewhere out of the way, or separate it out. Consider investing in a shredder.
Identity thieves will also try and dupe you into giving personal information either in person, over the phone or by using official sounding e-mails. Be suspicious of anyone seeking too much information, don't be afraid to challenge them by asking why they need these details. A legitimate enquirer will not mind you asking.
A useful crime prevention source on this and other matters is the BBC website at www.bbc.co.uk/crime/prevention
Tollcross Sector – Beat 30 – DalryThere have been two domestic housebreakings during August. Both were in the Murieston area and the mode of entry was the same. The culprit had climbed into the attic/roof space via an insecure hatch and broke through the ceiling into the top floor flats. These hatches should be locked and secured at all times.
Youth calls to Duff Street continue to be a problem and I intend having more high visibility patrols in the area.
There have been a number of pedal cycles thefts in the Dalry area and I would ask you to lock and secure them at all times.
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 – FountainbridgeThere were two domestic housebreakings in the Dundee Street area. Both were entered by bodily pressure on the front door. Three juveniles were charged with breaking into an unoccupied business premises In Watson Crescent.
Two vehicles in the Viewforth area were broken into overnight on 15th/16th August. Both had the radio / CD player stolen.
Pedal cycles are still are target for thieves. Four were stolen in August. All had the security chain cut.
The were 21 youth calls in August, with a large proportion concentrated in the Dundee Street area.
Constable Goodall's next Community Police Surgery will be held between 1100 and 1200 hours on Wednesday 26th October, at the North Merchiston Boys and Girls Club, Watson Crescent, Edinburgh.
Tollcross Sector – Beat 32 – TollcrossThere have been 6 Domestic housebreakings and 3 Business Housebreakings during Sept. Entry to premises were by various methods from smashing rear windows or using bodily pressure on the door.
Youth calls to the Meadows / Bruntsfield Links have increased during the last month. This will be monitored closely and more police patrols will be in the area where possible. If you do witness any incidents involving youths causing a disturbance and drinking please contact the police.
Thefts of bags from cafes and bars is still occurring. May I take this opportunity to remind you to not leave items unattended.
If there are any issues you wish to discuss with me please contact myself at West End Police Station where I will be happy to assist.
Harry Fraser – Tollcross Sector Inspector.
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