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Lothian & Borders Police

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Community and Neighbourhood Watch News

ISSUE 24 August 2006

'Working in Partnership for a Safer City'

City Wide

Performance Update 2006-07

Set in the context of a particularly demanding start to the year, I am pleased to report that four months into the current 12-month recording period, documented levels of crime across Edinburgh are down 2% on the same period last year. In addition, the number of crimes being solved has risen by a creditable 5%. Purposeful efforts to target domestic housebreakings have resulted in a 9% fall across the Capital.

The busy summer period is now well underway with the start of the football season and the City alive with tourists and Festival visitors. At this time, the management of competing priorities in respect of events and the protection of communities is a significant challenge, however, efforts will be supported by the well timed establishment of the final Council funded police teams – police officers working in partnership with the City of Edinburgh Council across the city centre to tackle crime and antisocial behaviour.
Chief Superintendent Allan Shanks, Divisional Commander.

Hot Topic

Return to School - Personal Safety

Whether your children are returning to or starting a new school after the summer holidays, the following personal safety guidance should be considered.
  • Always choose a safe route to travel to and from school. Try to walk with friends and use an established route with street lighting and shops and houses along the way
  • When using public transport - respect other passengers and choose to sit close to the driver if you feel unsafe
  • Look after your personal items and mark property with your name and postcode
  • Do not misuse your mobile phone - schools have strict rules concerning use and misuse could result in criminal charges
  • Use the Internet safely - never give out your personal details and do not misuse email to hurt or harass others
  • Do not bully and do not be bullied - treat others, as you would wish to be treated
  • Remember that most schools have CCTV for your protection and safety
  • Talk to a teacher if you have any concerns

Local News

Tollcross Sector – Beat 30 – Dalry
Domestic housebreakings dropped during July with only 4 being reported. They occurred at Easter Dalry Rigg, Grove Street, Dalry Road and Caledonian Road. A male has been reported to the procurator fiscal for Grove Street.
There were no Business Housebreakings reported in July. There were 6 motor vehicles reported stolen from Caledonian Place, Muireston Road, Duff Street and Downfield Place. Only one of the cars was recovered. Most of the vehicles had been entered by bending back the door.
5 Pedal cycles were stolen this month, all had been left secure and 3 were taken from sheds/bike sheds. Please report anyone who you see acting suspiciously around bikes / bike sheds. Also taking a picture of your bike would help police with their enquires if it did get stolen.
There were 35 Youth calls reported in July. The majority of the calls were youths causing a nuisance.

Constable Bryce's Community Police Surgeries will be held between 1300 & 1400 hrs on the 1st Wednesday and 1800 & 1900 hrs on the 1st Thursday of each month at Gorgie Dalry Patnership office.

Tollcross Sector – Beat 31 – Fountainbridge
There were 10 Domestic Housebreakings reported in July. These occurred at Yeaman Place (3), Gilmore Place, Viewforth (2) Bryson Road, Tay Street, Gillespie Crescent and Leamington Terrace. Entry was gained to all bar one by forcing the front door with bodily pressure. Please check your front doors and ensure they have substantial locks fitted and they are secure.
There was 1 Business housebreaking reported which occurred at Lochrin Place. There were 8 motor vehicles reported stolen, from Lower Gilmore Bank, Gibson Terrace, Watson Crescent, Leamington Terrace, Viewforth Sq and Tay Street. 2 were recovered a short time later.
6 Pedal cycles were stolen this month, all had been left secured within common stairs.
12 Youth calls were reported, the majority being youths causing a general nuisance.

Constable Goodall's next Community Police Surgery will be held on Wednesday 6th September 2006 at North Merchiston Boy's Club between 1100 and 1200hrs.

Tollcross Sector – Beat 32 – Tollcross
6 Domestic Housebreakings were recorded in July. They occurred at Websters Land, Kings Stables Road, Lonsdale Terrace, Lauriston Gardens, Home Street and Lawnmarket. All were entered by forcing the front door.
There were 2 Business Housebreakings recorded in Home St and Lothian Road. Both premises were entered via the rear and by prizing open the security bars by unknown means.
The number of thefts reported from pubs / clubs / restaurants is still high, patrons are still not looking after their belongings. Bags are also being stolen from patrons in the meadows whilst they are enjoying the fine weather. There were only 14 youth calls reported for July.
Graffiti and Vandalism continue to be a problem but it is being dealt with.
Constable Smith can be contacted at the West End Police Station if you wish to report or discuss any ongoing issues.

Gavin Phillip – 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

Officer in Charge of Tollcross Sector
Inspector Gavin Phillip
  The Youth Action Team have settled into their role and the local youths in all three beats are now getting to know their faces as well as the YAT team getting to know the local youths!

The Festival / fringe is now underway and the city is very busy

But we must not get complacent and still be aware and alert, looking after our belongings / property and each other.