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ISSUE 31 March 2007

'Working in Partnership for a Safer City'

City Wide

Doorstep Crime – Bogus Callers

There are dozens of doorstep scams that bogus callers might use to gain access to your home - people may even pretend to be from the Council or from a utilities company. These people often work in pairs, with one person distracting you whilst the other is searching through your possessions. Be cautious - don't let anybody into your home unless you are expecting them. Representatives of companies rarely call without an appointment and if there is a real gas or water emergency, police and firefighters are likely to be present. Council or police officers may not always have an appointment, but will have an identification card. Remember
  • talk to people through the door, rather than opening it when they knock
  • ask questions & keep the door chain on when checking identification cards
  • phone the person's organisation to confirm they are who they say they are
  • make sure your back door is locked before answering your front door - thieves often work in pairs, with one entering through the back while the other knocks at the front
Chief Superintendent George Simpson, Divisional Commander.

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Local News

Tollcross Sector – Beat 30 – Dalry
There were 89 recorded crimes during February and 13 youth calls with a large amount of these being in Northcote Street and Downfield Place regarding youths drinking and taking drugs. Two youths were reported following an incidence of fire raising at a local hotel. There were two domestic housebreakings during February, one at a flat on Lothian Road where the culprit was disturbed by the elderly resident and nothing stolen and another at the Ardmillan Hotel where a room was entered by kicking the door and a digital camera and mp3 player stolen among other items. There has been a rise in the number of break-ins and attempted break-ins to business premises with six business housebreakings and 2 attempted business housebreakings, most on either Morrison Street or Dalry Road. A male has been charged with one of the break-ins and two males have been reported for one of the attempted break-ins. Autocrime: There were three break-ins to motor vehicles at the rear of the Premier Travel Inn, Morrison Link with two cases satellite navigation systems stolen. In all three cases entry was gained by smashing a window. Please do not leave these items within your vehicle and remove the holder at the same time. A locked pedal cycle was taken from a common stair at Cathcart Place.

Constable Kettles can be contacted at the West End Police Station should you wish to discuss any local problems or issues.

Tollcross Sector – Beat 31 – Fountainbridge
There were 87 crimes recorded for February. There were 3 domestic housebreakings, 2 in Bryson Road and the other in Ritchie Place. A computer, camera, mobile phone, MP3 player, watch, bankcards and car keys were amongst the items stolen. A male was charged in relation to one of the HB's. An attempt was made to break into a bedroom in a hostel in Leamington Terrace. Two cars were stolen: a Honda from Upper Gilmore Place and a Volkswagen from Ponton Street. Two cars were broken into: an Alfa Romeo in Dundee Terrace and a Saab in Bryson Road. A wallet, bank cards and a Sat-Nav system were stolen. 5 pedal cycles were stolen from Viewforth Square, Viewforth Gardens, Dundee Street, Lochrin Terrace, and Bruntsfield Place. All had been left secured and unattended. There were only three youth related calls during February. All the calls were to Upper Gilmore Place regarding a group of youths hanging about.

Constable Goodall's next Community Police Surgery will be held between 1100 and 1200 hours on Wednesday 4th April, 2007, at the North Merchiston Youth Club, 48 Watson Crescent, Edinburgh.

Tollcross Sector – Beat 32 – Tollcross
There were 169 crimes recorded for February. 15 of these crimes were thefts from pubs and clubs, again handbags and mobile phones being the most popular. There was only 1 racist crime recorded a male working in Latest News was the subject of racial abuse. 5 Domestic housebreakings occurred around Lauriston Place, gardens and the Grassmarket. Entry was gained to one of the premises via a basement window, which had been left slightly ajar. Please do not leave windows open if you are leaving your house as this gives the thief a bigger invite to break in. There were 3 attempts to break into houses all in the Lauriston area, windows were smashed on these occasions but no entry gained. 6 cars were broken into around the Grassmarket area by smashing the windows and CD/Radios were the favoured item that was stolen. If possible, remove these items from view. 1 pedal cycle was stolen from High Riggs, the owner had secured it but unfortunately to a broken fence post that was not secure. There were 14 reports of vandalism in the Tollcross area ranging from smashed windows to graffiti, one youth has been charged with some of the graffiti around the area and further enquiry is being carried out to trace other youths involved.
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 Stuart Kettles

Beat 31 – Fountainbridge
PC John Goodall

Beat 32 – Tollcross – PC Clare Smith

Officer in Charge of Tollcross Sector
Inspector Gavin Phillip
  Tollcross Pub Watch

A pub watch has now been established within the Tollcross area.
There are 14 licensed premises that have signed up so far.

The purpose of the group is to combat the incidents of violence, dishonesty, physical or verbal abuse and any other relevant incident in or around licensed premises.

Any person found to commit an offence in or around the licensed premises can find themselves ejected from the premises and refused entry to others in the pub watch. A ban from all the premises may also be imposed at a pub watch meeting.
To ensure the above is enforced a ring round list has been introduced and all licensed premises are contacted.