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A Division

Community and Neighbourhood Watch News

ISSUE 52 December 2008

'Work With Us'

City Wide

Divisional Commanders Message

The Force Excellence Awards took place last month at Murrayfield Stadium, and I was very pleased to attend this event particularly as A Division received much recognition for our community work, in particular the Neighbourhood Action Units and the Leith Outdoor Space Partnership. It’s encouraging to see so much good work going on across the city, and highlights the fact the policing in Edinburgh isn’t only about catching criminals, but also about improving quality of life for communities. My thanks and congratulations to all who took part for all their hard work.

November brought with it the annual fireworks celebrations which is a fun event for many however a minority are intent on spoiling the occasion for everyone else. Our officers however responded to calls swiftly, particularly in support of our Fire and Rescue colleagues, and worked extremely hard to keep anti-social behaviour to a minimum.

The Division is currently busy launching our Winter Policing Initiatives across the city. A range of operations are ongoing to target crimes such as shoplifting, anti-social behaviour and drink related violence. A Division Officers are dedicated to making sure all of the people in Edinburgh at this time of year are kept as safe as possible and that people are allowed to enjoy themselves throughout the festive period.

Finally, may I take this opportunity to wish all of you a very happy and peaceful Christmas and festive period, and a very good New Year.

Chief Superintendent Colin Campbell, Divisional Commander.

Hot Topics

All That Glitters …….

May not be gold but it usually catches someone’s eye…try not to make it the thief’s. The ‘Festive’ season is with us once again when most people are busy, decorating the house, shopping and wrapping presents …….or watching where you put your purse or wallet, checking to see what’s been left on display in the back of the car or below the ‘christmas’ tree…!

Don’t let a thief ruin your Christmas, follow these simple tips

Out Shopping
  • Stay alert in crowded shops and streets and be wary of pickpockets.
  • Be careful with your wallet or purse –keep it close to your body and don’t carry too much cash and look after bank and credit cards.
  • If using your car; always park in a well-litarea, lock all the doors, windows and boot; and do not leave any presents or other valuables on view.
At Home
  • At home or out; remember to lock the doors and windows and if you have an intruder alarm – use it.
  • If you go out for the evening, make it look like someone is at home – leave the lights and the radio on – use a timer switch.
  • Don’t leave your curtains open so anyone can see your decorations - this makes it easy for thieves to look in to your house.
  • If you are on holiday over the ‘Festive’ season, put your lights on a timer and ask a trusted neighbour to look after the house removing unopened mail from behind the letterbox.

Local News Beat PC48 Fountainbridge

The incidents in this newsletter reflect events, which occurred in November 2008.

There were 3 domestic Theft by Housebreakings reported during the month.
  • Around the 3rd an attempt was made to break into a flat in Watson Crescent but no entry was gained and nothing was stolen from within.
  • On the 29th an attempt was made to break into a flat in Tay Street but no entry was gained and nothing was stolen from within.
  • Between the 18th & 19th an attempt was made to break into a flat in Polwarth Gardens. The culprits have been identified and charged for this crime.
  • Between the 28th & 30th two motor vehicles parked in Lower Gilmore Place had their registration plates stolen.
  • Between the 16th & 18th motor vehicles parked in Upper Grove Place, Bryson Road and Merchiston Avenue had windows smashed.
  • Between the 19th & 24th a motor vehicle parked in Port Hamilton had its’ paintwork scratched.
  • Between the 18th & 22nd attempts were made to break into motor vehicles parked in Fowler Terrace and Gardner’s Crescent but nothing was stolen from within.
  • Between the 9th & 29th bicycles were stolen from stairwells in Watson Crescent, West Bryson Road, Polwarth Gardens and Polwarth Crescent.
There were 4 youth calls received during November
  • The calls were received from throughout the area.
  • The problems are mostly in the evening and spread throughout the month.
The Neighbourhood Action Unit and Community Patrol Officers will actively patrol the problem areas along with City of Edinburgh Council Community Support Officers.

During November there were 271 incidents logged by the police in respect of Fountainbridge beat.
  • 39 of the calls were graded ‘1’, i.e. emergencies,
  • 61 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

Useful Numbers

  And Finally...

Community Beat Officers: (CBO)

PC 5906-A Julie Cochrane
0131 221 2008

Temporary Sergeant Steven Riddell
0131 221 2008

Inspector Andrew Gilhooley
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 Persons
0845 125 9732

Know the Score
(Information and advice on drugs)
0800 587 5879

If you are the proprietor of retail premises or have domestic premises, which will be unoccupied over the festive period, please ensure you take adequate security measures to protect your property. An alarm, quality locks on doors and windows and security lights will all help to deter a would-be thief.

On a similar note, when out Christmas shopping do not leave presents or other valuable possessions within your vehicle in full view of passers by. Lock them safely in the car boot and remove them as soon as possible when you return home.

It only remains for me to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.