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Police Newsletter Beat PC48 Fountainbridge

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Community and Neighbourhood Watch News

ISSUE 35 July 2007


'Working in Partnership for a Safer City'

City Wide

Public Safety – Terror Threat Moves Closer to Home

The country is currently on high alert in connection with a number of incidents that have occurred over the past few days. The Lothian and Borders area remains a safe and secure place to live and for people to go about their business. No specific threats have been made against any site within the Force area, however we are taking every step possible to secure the safety of the people we serve.

I want to reassure you that we are doing everything in our power to keep the public safe. We, along with police forces across the country, are currently reviewing our policing and security plans to ensure that they are commensurate with the new threat level and that all police activity is proportionate to that level.

Extra high visibility patrols are taking place throughout the force including the main transport routes in and out of Edinburgh. There has also been an increase of armed officers patrolling Edinburgh Airport.

I want to take this opportunity to ask everyone to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to police. Hate crime or crimes of disorder will not be tolerated and anyone who feels that they are a victim should contact us.

Anyone with any information or concerns can contact Lothian and Borders Police on 0131 311 3131 or Crimestoppers in Confidence and complete anonymity on 0800 555 111.

Chief Superintendent George Simpson, Divisional Commander.

Hot Topics

Don’t be a Victim of Crime this Summer

It’s the time of year when we are (hopefully) enjoying the sun in our gardens or going off on holiday.

A prevalent crime at this time of year is what the police call a ‘slip in’ theft. This can be committed in a number of ways. The most common being when you are in the garden, the thief slips into your house through an insecure door or window and steals your valuables. Similarly, if it is a nice day and you leave windows or doors insecure while you go about your business inside the house. REMEMBER it only takes a second to slip in and steal cash, credit cards, jewellery, a digital camera, an MP3 player, laptop and even your car.

To avoid becoming a victim be vigilant and take the following easy steps:
  • If you are in your back garden make sure that your front door is locked and secured, not just the yale lock. These are easy to slip open and for someone to sneak in and steal your valuables.
  • Make sure that the windows at the front of your house are also locked and secured for the same reasons.
  • If you have a conservatory or patio doors at the rear of your home it is important to secure them to prevent anyone slipping in whilst you cut the grass with your noisy lawnmower or are working in your garden.
Further pointers for those going away on holiday this summer:
  • When you go on holiday, contact the post office to suspend your mail so it’s not lying behind your door or sticking out the letterbox. Same with any newspapers you have delivered.
  • Ask a trusted neighbour, friend or family member to keep an eye on your house for you. They might even be willing to come in and close your curtains at night, open them in the morning and make your house appear occupied.
  • Fit timer switches to internal lights, BUT NOT JUST IN YOUR HALLWAY, who sits in their hallway?
  • Make sure all windows and doors are securely locked and put the keys somewhere out of sight. Key hooks in the hall that you hang the car keys, spare house keys, garage keys, shed keys and every other sort of key that you have ever possessed are a gift for thieves! Put all of your keys somewhere secure and out of sight.
  • If you have a house alarm, use it! If it is monitored by an alarm company tell them you are on holiday.
If you take the above steps you will more than likely have a crime free summer. Unfortunately I can’t offer any such reassurances regarding the weather.


Local News Beat PC48 Fountainbridge

This is the July edition of your monthly newsletter.

There were 60 crimes or offences reported during the month of June 2007.

DOMESTIC HOUSEBREAKING
There were four domestic housebreakings and 1 attempted housebreaking reported.
  • Between 2nd and 3rd June, an attempt was made to enter a first floor flat in Murdoch Terrace by bodily pressure on the door. No entry was gained.
  • On 4th June, a ground floor flat in Ritchie Place was entered by bodily pressure on the door. A flute, computer, MP3 player and rucksack was stolen. A 22 year old male has been charged.
  • On 5th June, a second floor flat in Gardeners Crescent was entered by bodily pressure on the door. The culprit made off when disturbed. Nothing was stolen.
  • On 7th June, a second floor flat in Upper Grove Place was entered by bodily pressure on the door, and a television, computer and passport were stolen.
    A 16 year old male has been arrested and charged.
  • Between 28th May and 5th June, a third floor flat in Watson Crescent was entered by bodily pressure on the door. A T.V., MP3 player, computer, cameras, mobile phone, DVD and jewellery were stolen.
BUSINESS HOUSEBREAKINGS
  • There were NO business housebreakings in June
AUTO CRIME
One vehicle was reported stolen this month.
  • On 4th June, an Alfa Romeo was stolen from Dorset Place.
THEFT FROM VEHICLES
There were three vehicles broken into, or had property stolen from them, during June.
  • Between 4th and 5th June, a Mazda in Dundee Terrace was broken into and a holdall and clothing were stolen.
  • Between 5th and 6th June, an Audi in Harrison Road aws entered and a Sat Nav system was stolen.
  • Between 11th and 12th June, a Toyota in Gardners Crescent was broken into, however nothing was apparently stolen.
THEFT PEDAL CYCLE
There were 3 pedal cycles reported stolen in June.
  • These occurred at Watson Crescent, Yeaman Place and Fowler Terrace.
SPATE OF MALICIOUS DAMAGE TO MOTOR VEHICLES
On 15th June, 10 vehicles in Watson Crescent were maliciously damaged by each having several tyres punctured.
  • A white male, 5’9”, slim build, wearing a dark blue baseball cap, blue top, dark jogging bottoms and white trainers is sought in connection with these crimes. A positive line of enquiry is being followed.
If you have any information in respect to the above incidents 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 22nd August, 2007, between 1100 and 1200 hours at the North Merchiston Boy’s and Girl’s Club, 48 Watson Crescent, Edinburgh.


Useful Numbers

  And Finally...

Community Beat Officer (CBO)

PC John Goodall
0131 221 2008
Email john.goodall@lbp.pnn.police.uk

Officer in Charge of Tollcross Sector
Inspector Alexander Boyd
0131 622 2426
alexander.boyd@lbp.pnn.police.uk

Crimestoppers
0800 555 111

CLARENCE (street lighting faults etc)
0800 23 23 23
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Mobile phones have been getting smaller and smaller, and are easily lost.
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