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Lothian & Borders Police

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Community and Neighbourhood Watch News

ISSUE 22 June 2006

'Working in Partnership for a Safer City'

City Wide

Capital Demands on Policing

The ongoing investigation and resourcing of a number of high profile unplanned incidents across the Capital plainly illustrates the unpredictable nature of policing and the intense demands placed on police personnel to maintain expected levels of public service.

Despite current operational challenges, I would like to take this opportunity to reassure you that every effort is being made by police officers and support staff across the City to maintain high levels of professionalism and performance during this difficult period.

Credibly, for the year to date, recorded levels of crime across Edinburgh are down 5% on the same period last year with crime solvency up by 2%.
Allan Shanks, Chief Superintendent.

Hot Topic

Royal Highland Show, Ingliston - "Calling Time on Crime"
  • How do I reduce the chances of my house or business being broken into when it is unoccupied?
  • How do I reduce the chances of thieves breaking into my car and stealing my stereo or satellite navigation system?
  • How can I make my child's mobile phone less attractive to potential thieves?
These questions and many others can be answered by visiting police officers from the 'A' Division Safer Communities Department who will be present in the Lifestyle Village at the Royal Highland Show from Thursday 22nd June to Sunday 25th June 2006.

Experienced officers will be available to answer your queries and offer a wide range of leaflets and guidance on all aspects of crime prevention and security.

There will also be competitions and prizes for children.

Local News

Tollcross Sector – Beat 30 – Dalry
Domestic Housebreakings in May continued to reduce for the third month, there only being one attempt in Gardners Crescent and a male was arrested at the time by police.
Business Housebreakings during the same period numbered 3. Two in Dalry and one in Lothian Road, a male was arrested within the premises in Lothian Road by Police.
Pedal Cycles continue to be stolen within the area whether secured within a common stair or outside shops, better quality bike locks or placing them in a secure stair cupboard or within your house will reduce these crimes. There were 5 bikes stolen during May and we have arrested one male in possession with one of the bikes.
There were 33 Youth Calls, 11 to the Duff Street/Northcote Street. A large number of these youths have been traced and police warning letters sent to their parents. A youth has also been traced by identification from CCTV footage of him riding a motorcycle in Northcote Street, he has been charged and a report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.

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

Tollcross Sector – Beat 31 – Fountainbridge
There were 7 Domestic Housebreakings in May, 2 in Fowler Terrace and the others in the Gillespie/Home Street area. Computers, cameras, jewellery and a mountain bike were some of the items stolen. A male was arrested and charged with 2 of the break-ins.
The one Business Housebreaking occurred in Lochrin Place. A cash box and £1000 was stolen.
Autocrime: 3 vehicles were broken into in Leamington Terrace, Watson Crescent, and Dundee Terrace. No vehicles were stole in May.
3 Pedal cycles were stolen from Watson Crescent, Home Street and Fountainbridge.
There were 17 youth calls during the month. 6 were in the Dundee Street area, the others were spread across the rest of the beat.

Constable Goodall's next Community Police Surgery will be held between 1100 and 1200 hours on Wednesday 28th June, 2006, at the North Merchiston Youth Club, 48 Watson Crescent, Edinburgh.

Tollcross Sector – Beat 32 – Tollcross
There were 4 Business Housebreakings in May, 2 at the Lawnmarket and 2 at Tollcross. There was also 6 Domestic Housebreakings. 2 were at a hotel and the others were Leven Terrace, Bread Street, Valleyfield Street and a school nursery. A male has been charged with 3 of them. Entry was gained by forcing the front doors by means unknown. Thefts from pubs and clubs is also high again this month (41 in total) this is again due to people being careless with their property when they are out. Property has also been left unattended at the Meadows whilst people are enjoying the fine weather or playing sports, please take care with your belongings and don't take chances. There were 2 motor vehicles stolen one from Castle Terrace and a bike from Crichton Street, which was recovered. There were 27 cases of minor assault reported and 1 for serious assault, mostly all were drink related. 8 Pedal cycles have also been stolen, 4 from around the university and the others from nearby streets.
Constable Smith can be contacted at the West End Police Station if you wish to discuss any issues with her.

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
  Inspector Gavin Phillip has started at the West End Police Station as the sector Inspector for the Tollcross area.

Inspector Phillip joined the force in 1987 and has worked in many departments and stations.

Inspector Phillip is looking forward to getting to know the beats and meet as many people as possible.

If you wish to contact Inspector Phillip he can be contacted at the West End Police Station or by e-mail.