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Community and Neighbourhood Watch News

ISSUE 33 May 2007

'Working in Partnership for a Safer City'

City Wide

Strengthening Links with the Polish Community

In acknowledgement of the growing number of Polish nationals residing in the Capital, police and support staff are to receive specialist training on Polish issues. The training will focus on culture, expectations, beliefs, language, attitudes towards crime and the police and examine some of the basic differences between Polish and Scots Law.

The information will be presented in a series of seminars to raise awareness of the large number of Polish immigrants living in the City and the diverse cultural differences that may exist between them and Scottish people. Leaflets have also been produced in Polish explaining the role of the police and providing basic information on the law - including information about driving in the United Kingdom.

Chief Superintendent George Simpson, Divisional Commander.

Hot Topics

Nipping Garden Crime in the Bud

Spring is upon us and many of you will be dusting down the lawnmower and garden tools in the hope of producing an award-winning garden. Unfortunately, at this time of year, break-ins to garden sheds and thefts from gardens become more common. Many people store bicycles, power tools and expensive gardening equipment in sheds, making them an attractive target for criminals. These criminals consider this type of crime to be low risk, as there is no need to force entry to your home. However, there is much that can be done to outsmart garden thieves.
  • Use a good quality closed shackle padlock on your shed door - the hasp should be attached using coach bolts rather than screws
  • You should keep valuable items in the house - if they must stay in the shed, chain and lock them up
  • Loop a bike lock through the handles of garden forks, spades, etc. - these items can be used as tools to force entry to your home
  • Security mark your bicycles, lawnmowers, toolboxes and garden furniture by engraving, painting or utilising a security marker pen
  • Fit an internal wire mesh grille to protect your shed window
  • Install security lighting to illuminate your garden
  • Fit a shed alarm - they can be purchased for a few pounds from DIY retailers

Local News Beat PC48 Fountainbridge

This is the May edition of your monthly newsletter.

There were 52 crimes or offences reported during the month of April 2007.

There were four domestic housebreakings reported. On 10th April, a third floor flat in Polwarth Crescent was entered by bodily pressure on the front door. A television, handbag, jewellery, computer, DVD and suitcase were stolen. Between 13th and 15th April, a second floor flat in Ritchie Place was entered by forcing the door by unknown means. An X-Box computer and passport were stolen. On 19th April, a second floor flat at Dorset Place was entered by forcing the front door. A Computer, camera, hair straighteners, jewellery box, a large amount of jewellery, and cash was stolen. Two males aged 20-24 years, 6’2”, with short hair, one wearing jeans, trainers and orange & grey hooded top, the other wearing a grey tracksuit, and had a drugged appearance, are sought in connection with this crime. Between 23rd and 24th April, an attempt was made to enter at ground floor flat in West Bryson Road by forcing a double glazed window. No entry was gained.

There were two business housebreakings, both to the same premises. Overnight on 22nd / 23rd April, the National Car Park premises at Lower Gilmore Place was broken into and two Honda motor cycles were stolen. They were recovered in the Queensferry Road area. Six days later the premises were broken into again and three Honda motor cycles were stolen. One has been recovered in the Clermiston area.

There were three thefts of motor vehicles. On 28th April, a red, black and silver Honda motorcycle was stolen from Watson Crescent. It was recovered nearby. Between 27th and 28th April, a black Kawasaki motorcycle was stolen from Watson Crescent. It was recovered nearby. On 28th April, a green Kawasaki motorcycle was stolen from Temple Park Crescent. The owner recovered it in the street. A 17 year old male has been arrested and charged with these crimes.

There were two thefts from motor vehicles. On the 27th April, a Citroen was broken into at Morrison Street. 10 CD’s and cash were stolen. On 28th April a Land Rover in Dundee Terrace was broken into and a mobile phone wallet and bank cards were stolen.

There were three pedal cycles reported stolen in April. These occurred at Fountainbridge, Semple Street, and Watson Crescent.

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 13th June, 2007, between 1100 and 1200 hours at the North Merchiston Boy’s and Girl’s Club, 48 Watson Crescent, Edinburgh.

Other News
As part of an on going enquiry into the problem of graffiti, a 15 year old male has been charged with 20 counts of malicious damage by painting or writing the word ‘BING’ on various properties in the Fountainbridge, Tollcross, Morningside and Marchmont areas.

This follows on from the arrest and caution and charge of another 15 year old male who was responsible for the tag ‘REZOK’. He has been charged with 67 counts of malicious damage throughout the city.

Enquiries are continuing to identify the authors of other tags. One particular tag ‘DEBT’ has appears at various locations over the last few months. There is evidence pointing to a 17 year old suspect who it is expected will be charged with a large number of crimes in the near future.

Logged Incidents
During April there were 224 incidents logged by the police in respect of Fountainbridge beat.
21 of the calls were graded ‘1’, i.e. emergencies;
74 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.

Youth Calls
There were 15 youth calls during April. 5 were to the Dundee Street area, 5 in the vicinity of the canal, 3 to Tollcross Primary School and 2 to Lothian Road. Less than 7% of all the calls to the police were youth related. This low number is due to pro-active police patrols by the Youth Action Team and Community Patrol Officers.

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
  With the warmer weather upon us, it’s great to get the windows open and fresh air into the house, but please remember to close them when you go out. This will prevent the opportunist thief popping into your house and helping themselves to your property.

Barbeque weather is also upon us, please be courteous towards your neighbours and property inform them of your intentions, it’s only polite and keep an eye on it at all times.