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Community and Neighbourhood Watch News

ISSUE 27 November 2006


'Working in Partnership for a Safer City'

City Wide

Drug Dealers Don’t Care

Funded from money and assets confiscated from criminals, the national Drug Dealers Don't Care campaign saw 45 people arrested across Edinburgh during the months of September and October. Police operations targeting drug dealing in the North of the City resulted in the seizure of £11,000 worth of drugs and £18,000 in cash. In addition, searches of five houses in East Edinburgh at the start of November netted £65,000 worth of drugs and £8,000 in cash.

Thanks are extended to communities who contributed to the success of police operations by responding to appeals for information - success is not measured solely on levels of seizures, but on the willingness of communities to report on criminal activities. Information about crime can be reported anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Chief Superintendent Allan Shanks, Divisional Commander.

Hot Topic

Dark Nights - Bright Lights

Housebreakings may increase during the winter months as criminals take advantage of dark nights. Houses in darkness look unoccupied and so attract the attention of thieves, however, by taking a few simple precautions, the chances of becoming a victim of a housebreaking can be reduced.
  • Fit timer switches to lights, both upstairs and downstairs, but never just leave the hall light on – who spends their evening in the hallway?
  • Make sure doors and locks are sturdy and well fitted. If you live in a common stair, make sure the entry door is secure and do not let anyone in if they are not visiting you - you wouldn’t let them into your house, why let them into your stair?
  • Ground floor windows should be locked and all keys, including those for motor vehicles, should be kept out of sight.
  • Desirable items for thieves include jewellery, digital technology, cash and credit / debit cards. Think about where you store these items and consider purchasing a safe, particularly for high value or sentimental items.

Local News

Tollcross Sector – Beat 30 – Dalry
There were two Domestic Housebreakings in October. An attempt to gain entry in Richmond Terrace and a Theft Housebreaking in Caledonian Crescent where £1750 worth of property was stolen.
There were five Business Housebreakings, property being taken in two occasions; two separate males have been reported for two of the crimes.
Motor vehicle crime increased. Three vehicles were broken into and property stolen in Springwell Place, Grove Street and Orwell Terrace. The property stolen was clearly visible; lock any valuables out of sight in the boot. Four attempt theft of motor vehicles occurred in Lidl car park Dalry Road, a female has been reported for these crimes.
Two Pedal Cycles were stolen one from Lothian Road and the other from Dalry Road.
Youth calls decreased to Twenty and the Youth Action Team and myself will give attention regarding ongoing problems in Northcote Street/Duff Street area.


Constables 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 was 1 Domestic housebreaking in October. A ground floor flat at Viewforth Square was entered by overcoming the window lock. Hi-fi system, TV / DVD combi, and handbag stolen.
An Italian restaurant in Bruntsfield Place was entered by smashing the window and climbing in.
A small amount of cash was stolen. An attempt was made to force the glass door at Tesco, Earl Grey Street. No entry was gained. Auto Crime: Three vehicles were broken into during October. An Audi in Leamington Terrace was entered and Sat Nav system, ipod, CD’s and sunglasses stolen. The excise licence was stolen from a Citreon parked in Watson Crescent. A Ford Transit van in Leamington Terrace was entered, however nothing was apparently stolen.
Three Pedal cycles were stolen from Bruntsfield Place, Leamington Terrace and Bryson Road.
There were only 6 youth calls in October. All to the Leamington / Gilmore Place area.


Constable Goodall’s next Community Police Surgery will be held between 1100 and 1200 hours on Tuesday 19th December, 2006, at the North Merchiston Youth Club, 48 Watson Crescent, Edinburgh.

Tollcross Sector – Beat 32 – Tollcross
There were 10 motor vehicles damaged last month, the majority having the wing mirrors kicked off and all occurred during the night. 7 motor vehicles were broken into; all were entered by smashing the window. Please don’t leave anything of value within your car and if you must then please keep it out of sight. There were 16 thefts from pubs/clubs, restaurants in October the most popular item stolen being mobile phones.
7 pedal cycles were stolen from around and about the Lauriston area, all bikes had been secured to railings. There were 6 racial incidents reported in October. 4 males have been charged and reports have been sent to the Procurator Fiscal. There were 4 Domestic Housebreakings: 2 were at Lothian Road, 1 at Candlemaker Row and 1 at Panmure Place. Entry was gained to all properties by forcing the doors with bodily pressure. 3 Businesses were also broken into. Entry to the properties was gained by smashing the windows.
There were 25 youth calls recorded for October, Most of the calls were to the Meadows / Bruntsfield Links area. Alcohol was seized from the youths and names taken. The majority of the youths live out with the area but frequent the local schools. The youth action team are working closely with the schools and local officers to help deal with 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
ian.bryce@lbp.pnn.police.uk

Beat 31 – Fountainbridge
PC John Goodall
john.goodall@lbp.pnn.police.uk

Beat 32 – Tollcross – PC Clare Smith
clare.smith@lbp.pnn.police.uk

Officer in Charge of Tollcross Sector
Inspector Gavin Phillip
gavin.phillip@lbp.pnn.police.uk
  Lothian and Borders Police have officers who deal with wild life issues within the force area. Their role deals with all types of issues.

This can range from anything from people disturbing Badger Sets, egg stealing, killing or maiming of birds or other animals, trapping wildlife or trading in exotic species.

If you have any issues that you may wish to discuss or enquire about you can contact PC Charlie Everitt at the West End Police Station or by e-mail charles.everitt@lbp.pnn.