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Community and Neighbourhood Watch News

ISSUE 21 May 2006

'Working in Partnership for a Safer City'

City Wide

Safer Scotland, Safer Edinburgh

The Safer Scotland anti-violence initiative was launched on 03 April 2006 with Scottish police forces joining together to tackle violence on our streets.

Over the past four weeks 131 outstanding judicial warrants have been executed for crimes of violence across the Capital, with individuals wanted in connection with 1 attempt murder, 6 serious assaults, 103 minor assaults and 21 offences involving the possession of knives or offensive weapons all now arrested.

The commitment shown by officers working across the City accounted for 17% of the total number of warrants effected across Scotland during the initial phase of the campaign and builds on the success of the past year, which recorded a 16% fall in violent crime across Edinburgh, down to the lowest level for three years.
Allan Shanks, Chief Superintendent.

Hot Topic

Think Safe, Be Safe

The next phase of the Safer Scotland campaign will feature policing activities designed to tackle violent crime involving the use of knives. Between 24 May and 30 June 2006 a knife amnesty will make recycle bins available in police stations across the Capital to facilitate the safe surrender of knives and weapons.
  • NEVER carry a weapon, even for your own protection - it is a criminal offence
  • Avoid eye contact with strangers and resist the urge to get involved in arguments
  • Cross the street to avoid threatening people or groups
  • Discourage friends from getting involved in volatile situations
  • Make your own choices - don’t let others “egg you on”
  • In the event of trouble, think about your escape route and any safe haven from where you can seek help
  • Moderate your drinking - stay in control & keep your wits about you

Local News

Tollcross Sector – Beat 30 – Dalry
Domestic Housebreakings in April again reflected the reduced trend shown in March, there were three. Locations being Caledonian Road, Cathcart Place and Caledonian Crescent, all were entered by forcing the front door within the common stair. Solid doors with good locks can on occasions prevent entry by this means. One male was arrested for one and a positive line of enquiry is being pursued for the other two. There were three Business Housebreakings and a male has been arrested for two of them. Pedal cycles continue to be a target from common stairs, three being stolen in April from Caledonian Place, Gardners Crescent and Atholl Place.
A number of these crimes can be stopped by having a secure entry system to common stairs, not leaving the door open and not allowing anyone into the stair that is not known to you.
There were 29 Youth Calls and hot spots like Duff Street are being targeted by west end officers.

Constable Bryce’s Community Police surgeries will be held between 1300 and 1400 hrs on the first Wednesday and 1800 and 1900 hrs on the first Thursday of each month at The Gorgie Dalry Partnership Office, 258 Dalry Road, Edinburgh.

Tollcross Sector – Beat 31 – Fountainbridge
Domestic Housebreakings: Two bikes were stolen from a secure shed in Gilmore Place.
A ground floor flat in Yeaman Place was entered and a DVD player and DVD’s stolen.
Auto Crime: Two vehicles were stolen – A blue Ford Escort from Watson Crescent and a red Honda Accord from Yeaman Place. 5 other vehicles were broken into in, Bryson Road, Viewforth Square, Fowler Terrace, Upper Gilmore Place and Lochrin Place.
Four pedal cycles were stolen from Fowler Terrace (2), Yeaman Place and Bryson Road.
The number of youth calls increased to 21 in April, this was mainly due to the mid-term school break. Over half of the calls were to the Leamington area. A Youth Action Team is in the process of being set up in the City Centre area to tackle youth related problems i.e. Vandalism, graffiti, underage drinking and other anti-social behaviour.

Constable Goodall’s next Community Police Surgeries will be held between 1100 and 1200 hours on Wednesday 24th May and Wednesday 28th June, 2006, at the North Merchiston Youth Club, 48 Watson Crescent, Edinburgh.

Tollcross Sector – Beat 32 – Tollcross
There were 14 Domestic Housebreakings in April. Ten of those were by forcing open the front door by bodily pressure, another flat had the Yale lock “slipped” and a flat was entered via an insecure rear kitchen window. All stair doors to the properties had been left insecure. Please check your stair doors and if the entry system needs fixed please attend to this as it will prevent not just housebreakers entering but other unwelcome visitors. Also check the door to your own property and give attention if required. If you think you could break in, then a housebreaker definitely will.
Thefts of bags/phones and wallets from pubs and clubs was also high again this month. A lot of this is due to people not being careful with their belongings and leaving them lying about for the opportunist thief. Please take care of your property.
Can I take this opportunity to remind you all that if you see anything suspicious or anyone acting suspiciously please report it straight away giving as much detail as possible.
Constable Smith can be contacted at the West End Police Station on the numbers listed.

Stewart Sandilands – 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 Stewart Sandilands
  With the warmer weather upon us it’s great to get the windows open and fresh air into the house, but please remember to close them when you go out. This will prevent the opportunist thief popping into your house and helping themselves to your property.

Bar-b-que weather is also upon us, please be courteous towards your neighbours and their property and inform them of your intentions, it’s only polite and keep an eye on it at all times.