Lothian & Borders Police
Community and Neighbourhood Watch News
ISSUE 29 January 2007
'Working in Partnership for a Safer City'
Divisional Commander's Message
Speaking to you in my first Divisional Newsletter, I am pleased to announce that at the end of December 2006, recorded crime across the Capital was 5% lower than at the same time last year. Detection rates also improved with a 6% increase in the number of crimes being solved city wide. Improved performance can be attributed to many factors, not least the fact that the police, the City of Edinburgh Council and many private and voluntary agencies across the Capital are now working closely together to improve safety.
Work is progressing towards 1st April 2007, when existing police beats will be realigned to match proposed changes to Council wards. I am confident that the change will further strengthen partnership working by allowing us to better coordinate our resources and so improve the implementation of crime reduction and community safety measures.
Chief Superintendent George Simpson, Divisional Commander.
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Tollcross Sector – Beat 30 – DalryThere were 58 recorded crimes during December and 14 youth calls with most of these being evenly spread throughout the area. There were no reported domestic housebreakings during December. There were five business housebreakings, one of these at a Guesthouse in Grove Street, one at the Premier Travel Inn at Morrison Street Link, one to an office at Rutland Square and two to premises on Dalry Road. A local male has been charged with the theft from the Guesthouse at Grove Street.
Autocrime: Despite the recent trend for thefts of satellite navigation systems, there were no reported break-ins or attempted break-ins to any motor vehicles. There was one motor vehicle theft from Ardmillan Terrace, however the vehicle was recovered a short time later and a tourist’s vehicle was vandalised with the car park at Morrison Street Link.
Despite the large numbers of Christmas functions taking place within the Tollcross area there were few recorded assaults and public order offences, thanks in part to a high visibility operation between Police and the Council which included stewards and Police patrolling taxi ranks and other trouble spots.
Constable Kettle’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 – FountainbridgeThere were 82 crimes recorded for December. There was one domestic housebreaking which occurred in Gilmore Place. A camera, computer, TV, coins and jewellery were stolen. A blue Yamaha motor cycle was stolen from Gibson Terrace. A Ford Ka in Leamington Terrace and a Volvo in Fountainbridge were broken into. Mobile phones were stolen from both vehicles. Three pedal cycles were stolen, two from a stair in Ritchie Place andthe other from Tay Street. All had been left secured. There have been several reports of malicious damage to motor vehicles with a couple of white transit vans in Leamington Terrace being the target of spray painters. It is requested that the police be informed of groups of youths hanging about in the area so that they can be stopped and searched for paint and pens. 26 Assaults were reported with over half occurring on the streets. 11 of the assaults were solved. There were 9 youth related calls spread throughout the beat.
Constable Goodall’s next Community Police Surgery will be held between 1100 and 1200 hours on Wednesday 24th January, 2007, at the North Merchiston Youth Club, 48 Watson Crescent, Edinburgh.
Tollcross Sector – Beat 32 – Tollcross193 crimes were reported in December. 2 domestic housebreaking occurred at Websters Land (insecure kitchen window) and East Fountainbridge (front door forced). A shop in Bread Street was broken into and a cash box stolen. There were 38 Thefts reported, mostly from pubs, clubs and businesses. 13 involved mobile phones. Club-goers are continuing to leave bags and jackets unattended. Two vehicles were stolen in December, a scooter and a motorcycle from Castle Terrace and Wrights Houses. Attempts were made to steal two other Ford cars from Lauriston Place and George Square. There was only one pedal cycle stolen in December. It had been left secure in George Square Lane.
There were 17 reports of Malicious Damage, mostly were to motor vehicles, with the Leven Terrace / Valleyfield Street, and the Buccleuch Place / Forrest Road areas being effected. 62 Assaults were reported with the majority occurring on the streets near to pubs and nightclubs. Over half (33) were solved.
There were 12 youth related calls. The majority were to the Meadows / Bruntsfield Links area where groups of youths were creating noise and causing minor disturbances.
Gavin Phillip – Tollcross Sector Inspector.
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