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Police Newsletter Beat PC48 Fountainbridge

A Division

Community and Neighbourhood Watch News

ISSUE 40 December 2007

City Wide


Edinburgh is once again in the spotlight as our world famous Christmas and Hogmanay events and attractions get underway. Over the festive period we will have additional officers on duty to provide reassurance, assistance and tackle antisocial behaviour in the city centre. We will also be working closely with our partners in the council, public transport and the retail trade to help you enjoy the many seasonal events and attractions safely.
Our officers will be patrolling alongside staff from the Edinburgh Licensing Standards Authority to tackle illegal alcohol sales. Police and bus route managers will do ‘Gateway Checks’ on buses coming into town to prevent young people bringing alcohol and weapons into the centre.
This year two additional Special Constables who were recruited through an initiative with the City Centre Partnership will join us. They will be released from their normal duties working in stores in the city centre to join full time officers on targeted patrols.
Edinburgh is a safe city to live in and visit and I hope you have a merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

Chief Superintendent George Simpson, Divisional Commander.

Hot Topics

Christmas Cheer not Festive Fear

To make sure you get the most out of the festive season we would like to give you the following advice:
  • Enjoy the party season, but every time you go out always let someone know where you are going and roughly when you will be back. (Remember to contact them if your plans change!)
  • If using a cash machine make sure no one is close enough to see your PIN number and make sure you put your money away safely when still facing the machine.
  • Look after your mobile phone and mp3 player etc. Talking on your phone or listening to music through earphones, makes you more of a target, as you will not be aware of a potential attacker. Try and stay aware of what is going on around you.
  • Criminals don’t want to risk being seen or caught, always stick to busy well-lit routes especially at night to make sure you stay safe.
  • When travelling by bus, remember you are much safer sitting downstairs beside the driver.
Remember Edinburgh is a safe city so please follow this advice and make sure your Christmas is one to remember for all the right reasons.

Local News Beat PC48 Fountainbridge

Here is the December 2007 edition of your monthly newsletter, covering activity from the 1st to 30th November.

There were 50 crimes or offences reported during the month of November 2007.

There were 3 domestic Theft by Housebreakings reported during the month.
  • Between 31st October and 4th November, a ground floor flat at Rosemount Buildings was entered by unknown means. Complainer compiling list of stolen property.
  • On 2nd November, an attempt was made to enter a ground floor flat at Bryson Road. A rear lounge window was smashed, however no entry was gained.
  • On 18th November, a ground floor flat at Bryson Road was entered by climbing through an insecure bathroom window. A Freeview box, TV, and ipod were stolen.
There was 1 business Theft by Housebreaking.
  • Between 17th and 18th November, a business premises in Lower Gilmore Place was entered by climbing onto roof and smashing a skylight. A computer and camera were stolen.
An attempt was made to steal one vehicle during November.
  • Between 26th and 27th November, an attempt was made to steal a red Honda Civic in Ritchie Place.
  • Between 5th and 6th November an attempt was made to break into a Fiat Brava in Port Hamilton. No entry was gained.
  • Between 9th and 10th November, a grey Volkswagen parked in West Bryson Road had the VW badge stolen from the grille.
There were two pedal cycles reported stolen in November.
  • These were at Fountain Park and Gardners Crescent.
There were 8 youth related calls received during November.
  • Three of the calls were to Yeaman Place.
  • The calls were spread throughout the month.
  • The problem areas will be actively patrolled by the Youth Action Teams and Community Patrol Officers.
During November there were 194 incidents logged by the police in respect of Fountainbridge beat.
  • 11 of the calls were graded ‘1’, i.e. emergencies,
  • 63 were graded ‘2’ , i.e. not emergencies, however should be responded to within one hour.
  • The remainder of the calls were dealt with by Community Beat Officer or patrol officers.
There were 11 RTA offences detected; Three were for Drink Driving, two were for Driving without Insurance, three were for license offences, the remainder were for Dangerous Driving, Careless Driving, and Taking and Driving Away. 3 males and 1 female have been reported to the Procurator Fiscal in relation to these offences.

Useful Numbers

  And Finally...

Community Beat Officer (CBO)

PC John Goodall
0131 221 2008

Officer in Charge of Tollcross Sector
Inspector Alexander Boyd
0131 622 2426

0800 555 111

CLARENCE (street lighting faults etc)
0800 23 23 23

Victim Support Helpline
0845 603 9213

The Scottish Helpline for Older People
0845 125 9732

Know the Score
(Information and advice on drugs)
0800 587 5879
  I would like to wish you all a very Merry and Happy festive period. If heading out for some festive drinks please be safe at this busy time of year. Remember to plan your travel arrangements and stock up with taxi numbers beforehand.


Someone has stated that the three phrases that best sum up the
Christmas season are:

"Peace on Earth"
"Goodwill to all Men" and
"Batteries not included"


If you have any information in respect of crimes or incidents on the Fountainbridge beat, please contact me, John Goodall, by telephone or e-mail. Alternatively, you can speak to me in person at my monthly Community Police Surgery. This gives you the opportunity to make me aware of problems on the Fountainbridge beat.
My next surgery will be on Wednesday 5th December, 2007, between 1100 and 1200 hours at the North Merchiston Boy’s and Girl’s Club, 48 Watson Crescent, Edinburgh.