Lothian & Borders Police
Community and Neighbourhood Watch News
ISSUE 25 September 2006
'Working in Partnership for a Safer City'
Drug Dealers Don't Care – Do You?
In past months, information received from local communities across the Capital has led to the disruption of drug dealing activities and the seizure of large quantities of controlled drugs. Recent police operations involving uniform and plain-clothes officers recovered cocaine to the value of £120,000 on 9th September 2006, amphetamine to the value of £75,000 on 30th August and cocaine to the value of £38,000 on 12th August 2006.
Following the success of last year's national campaign Drug Dealers Don't Care - Do You?, the campaign has now been relaunched across the City. You can help by sharing information about drug dealing in your community.
Call CRIMESTOPPERS anonymously on 0800 555111.
Chief Superintendent Allan Shanks, Divisional Commander.
Safety on Public Transport
The Police Public Transport Liaison Officer continues to work in close partnership with both Lothian Buses and First Bus to reduce crime and antisocial behaviour on our bus networks. The two companies currently incur repair costs of almost £1 million per year through acts of vandalism and the role of the Liaison Officer is to monitor crime patterns and devise initiatives to tackle prevalent issues.
Two current initiatives are the 'Decoy Bus', which carries plain clothes police officers on routes where bus windows are regularly broken and 'Gateway Checks' where uniformed officers work alongside bus Revenue Inspectors on routes where incidents of antisocial behaviour have been recorded.
In a new initiative, an educational input will be delivered to schools to raise awareness amongst pupils about how their behaviour can affect other passengers and how they can improve bus travel for themselves and for others. It is hoped that the input will also provide pupils with ‘choices’ on how to deal with incidents, which they may witness or be the victim of. If you witness a crime or antisocial behaviour whilst travelling on a bus please contact your local police station to report the incident.
Your information may assist in the detection of the culprit.
Tollcross Sector – Beat 30 – DalryThere were three Domestic Housebreakings during August, one in Richmond Terrace, one in Lothian Road and one in McLaren Terrace. Two males have been reported in relation to the theft at Richmond Terrace.
There were four Business Housebreakings,two in Dalry Road, one in Lothian Road and one in Rutland Square, a positive line of enquiry is being followed in relation to Rutland Square.
Six Pedal Cycles have been stolen from Dalry/Haymarket area, all bar one had been secured in common stairs where chains/padlocks have been cut. Bikes in stairs may seem a good idea but thieves find them easy targets as they can work unseen. Good entry systems to stairs and placing bikes in secure cupboards or even better, within your house helps to prevent these crimes.
Motor vehicle crime increased with two attempt thefts of cars in Downfield Place and Duff street,a motorcycle was stolen from Murieston Crescent and later recovered in a damaged state.
Youth Calls increased and the Youth Action Team are targeting local hotspots.
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 the Gorgie Dalry Partnership office.
Tollcross Sector – Beat 31 – FountainbridgeThere were NO Domestic housebreakings and NO Business housebreakings reported in August.
Auto Crime: Two vehicles were broken into. A Vauxhall Corsa in Gilmore Park was entered by smashing front offside window with another vehicle (make unknown) in Gilmore Place beingentered in the same way. Both had been searched however nothing was stolen. An attempt was made to steal a red Ford Fiesta from Dundee Terrace. NO pedal cycles were reported stolen.
There were 17 youth calls in August, most were withinthe Viewforth/Leamington area. This area is particularly affected by graffiti. Residents who see groups of youths hanging around in the area are urged to phone the police so that they can be stopped, searched and checked.
Constable Goodall's next Community Police Surgery will be held on Wednesday 11th October 2006 at North Merchiston Boy's Club between 1100 and 1200hrs.
Tollcross Sector – Beat 32 – TollcrossThere were 7 Domestic housebreakings in August, 2 Flats in Reigo St were broken into by forcing secure ground floor windows and 5 hotel rooms were entered. 2 Business housebreakingswere also reported, those being at the Greyfriers Kirk house and the Hawick Cashmere shop. There were 53 minor assaults reported, with 19 solved and reported to the Procurator Fiscal. There were also 3 serious assaults reported. 2 motorcycles were stolen, 1 from Johnstone Terrace and 1 from Buccleugh Place, both were recovered. 3 Pedal cycles were stolen; all had been left secured to railings. There were 75 thefts reported in August, mostly from in and around pubs and clubs. Patrons are still leaving bags and items unattended giving the thief every opportunity to steal. Mobile phones are still the most popular item being stolen.
There were 24 youth calls reported last month, mostly in and around the meadows. Graffiti is also still a major problem in the Tollcross area and Constable Smith requests that if anyone is observed "Tagging" any wall or surface in the area that the police are contacted immediately.
If you wish to discuss any matters with Constable Smith she can be contacted at the West End Police Station.
Gavin Phillip – Tollcross Sector Inspector.
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