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Police Newsletter Beat PC48 Fountainbridge

A Division

Community and Neighbourhood Watch News

ISSUE 39 November 2007

'Working in Partnership for a Safer City'

City Wide


‘A’ Division continues to lead the way for partnership working across the country. Relationships with our partners have never been stronger. Through our funded officers, such as the Safer Community Units and Youth Action Teams, we have made a real difference in a number of areas across the city. We are now in a position to build on this success through the introduction of the Capital Partnership Model.

This model is the first of its kind in Scotland. In simple terms we now work more closely with our partners, in a focussed manner, on a daily basis to identify problems that affect our communities. By working together we can share information and ideas and make the best use of the wide range of resources available to us. The model was piloted with great success in the south of the City and I am confident that it will help us to make a real difference in improving the quality of life across ‘A’ Division.

Chief Superintendent George Simpson, Divisional Commander.

Hot Topics

Be sure at your door

You may have read in the newspapers and heard the media reports about the few recent instances in Edinburgh where bogus callers have pretended to be police officers carrying out security surveys on houses. We do not routinely cold call on houses offering a security survey and advice. These are arranged by appointment when a householder phones the police asking for security advice.

Bogus callers come in many guises; meter readers, workmen offering to do building or gardening work, charity collectors or even people asking for help. Whatever their guise if you follow some simple steps you can prevent yourself from becoming a victim:
  • If you do not know or expect a caller, do not let them into your home.
  • Check the identity of anyone who calls at your door unexpectedly before you open the door. Use the phonebook to check with the company. A genuine caller won’t mind waiting.
  • Use your door chain, spy hole or window to see whose at your door without having to open it.
  • Fit and use a light outside your front door so you can see any callers.
  • Arrange building, gardening work etc through firms with the proper trade accreditation or who are recommended by relatives/friends.
  • If you see anyone suspicious in the area contact the police.

Local News Beat PC48 Fountainbridge

Here is the November 2007 edition of your monthly newsletter, covering activity from the 1st to 31st October.

There were 62 crimes or offences reported during the month of October 2007.

There were 6 domestic Theft by Housebreakings reported during the month.
  • Between 30th September and 1st October, a second floor flat at Bryson Road was entering by forcing the door by means unknown. A computer, camera, MP3 player, jewellery and cash were stolen.
  • On 6th October, a first floor flat in Dundee Street was broken into by forcing the door with an instrument. A computer, camera, rucksack and jacket were stolen.
  • On 8th October, a ground floor flat in Fountainbridge was entered by bodily pressure on the door. Clothing, mobile phone, MP3 player, jewellery were stolen.
  • On 11th October, a flat in Mertoun Place was entered by forcing the door. A computer, camera equipment and jewellery were stolen. A 28 year old male has been charged.
  • On 13th October, a third floor flat in Dundee Street was broken into by bodily pressure on the door. A small amount of cash was stolen.
  • Between 27th and 28th October, a second floor flat in Fowler Terrace was entered by forcing the door. Nothing was stolen.
There were 3 business Theft by Housebreakings
  • Between 6th and 8th October, two garage premises in Watson Crescent were broken into by forcing the doors. Tools were stolen from both premises.
  • On 17th October, the Post Office in Dundee Street was entered after the window was smashed. A small amount of cash was stolen.
One vehicle was reported stolen, and attempts were made to steal two other vehicles, this month.
  • Between 12th and 15th October, a Honda Civic was stolen from West Bryson Road. It was recovered on 19th October at Clermiston Road.
  • Between 7th and 8th October, an attempt was made to steal a Vauxhall Vectra at Rosebank Cottages.
  • Between 24th and 25th October, an attempt was made to steal an Alfa Romeo in Harrison Road.
There were two vehicles broken during October. An attempt was made to enter another.
  • On 11th October a Citroën Saxo at a rear car park in Morrison Street was broken into. Nothing stolen.
  • Between 27th and 28th October, a Fiat Scudo van in Polwarth Gardens was broken into and a Sat Nav system was stolen.
  • On 29th October, an attempt was made to enter a Lancia Delta in Temple Park Crescent.
There were four pedal cycles reported stolen in October.
  • These were at Temple Park Crescent, Watson Crescent, and two from the same stair at Gardner’s Crescent.
There were 16 youth related calls received during October.
  • The calls were dotted across the beat with no obvious ‘hot-spots’.
  • The calls were spread throughout the month.
  • The problem areas will be actively patrolled by the Youth Action Teams and Community Patrol Officers.
During October there were 251 incidents logged by the police in respect of Fountainbridge beat.
  • 23 of the calls were graded ‘1’, i.e. emergencies,
  • 59 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 4 RTA offences detected; Two for Drink Driving and two for Driving without Insurance.

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
  Postal Scam
With Christmas fast approaching, can we make you aware of a Postal Scam that the Royal Mail have uncovered. A card is posted through your door from a company called PDS (Parcel Delivery Service) claiming that they were unable to deliver a parcel and that you need to contact them on 0906 6611911 (a premium rate number).
DO NOT call this number, as this is a mail scam originating from Belize.
If you call the number, and you start to hear a recorded message, you will already have been billed £15 for the phone call. If you do receive a card with these details, then please contact Royal Mail Fraud on 02072 396655 or ICSTIS (the premium rate service regulator) at

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.