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A Division

Community and Neighbourhood Watch News

ISSUE 47 July 2008

'Work With Us'

City Wide

Divisional Commanders Message

On 2nd May 2008, ‘A’ Division launched a Test Purchasing Scheme to tackle the number of underage people purchasing alcohol across the city. By working with 16-year-old volunteers we were able to target premises we believed were selling alcohol to under age people. Over 70 premises have been tested so far with an extremely low failure rate where young people were actually able to buy alcohol.

A good deal of antisocial behaviour faced by our communities results from under age people buying and consuming alcohol. To continue to address this issue and to support the upcoming Safer Scotland Initiative Campaign and alcohol fuelled violence we will continue with test purchasing operations in the coming months.

If you have any information concerning licensed premises selling alcohol to people under the age of 18 please contact your local police station

Chief Superintendent Colin Campbell, Divisional Commander.

Hot Topics

Now that the summer holiday season isupon us, it is natural for people to relax and enjoy the warm weather. During the summer months, the population of Edinburgh swells with tourists from all over the world who come to enjoy our scenery, architecture and International Arts Festivals. Unfortunately the summer also presents additional opportunities for criminals keen to exploit people who have momentarily lowered their guard.

By considering the following advice you will make it difficult for these criminals to operate. This advice is equally relevant when you are abroad holiday.
  • Before you leave the house, ask yourself “Do I need my Laptop, MP3 player, camera and cash with me?” If you don’t leave them at home.
  • If you’re parking your car, make sure you don’t leave anything of value inside and make sure the windows are closed.
  • Keep hold of your valuables. Don’t leave your jacket, bag, laptop, phone, camera or wallet unattended even for a few seconds. That’s all it takes for thieves to help themselves.
  • Beware of pickpockets. Don’t keep your wallet or purse in your bag. Carry cash in a pocket close to your body. It’s less likely to be stolen from there.
  • Always secure your bicycle with a good quality padlock to an immovable object in a busy well-overlooked area.
Remember; we live in a safe city but don’t tempt fate. Stay alert but above all enjoy the summer and take advantage of the host of attractions available in Edinburgh.

Local News Beat PC48 Fountainbridge

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

There were 7 domestic Theft by Housebreakings reported during the month.
  • On the 3rd, 5th, 11th & 30th flats in Watson Crescent were broken into. Computer equipment, electrical items and cash were stolen to a value in excess of £5000. Culprits have been identified for these crimes.
  • During the day on the 2nd a flat in West Bryson Road was broken into. Computer equipment and cash were stolen to a value of £700. A 21-year-old male has been charged with this crime.
  • During the day on the 10th a flat in Yeaman Place was broken into. Computer equipment and electrical items were stolen to a value of £600. Two young males have been charged with this crime.
  • During the evening of the 10th a flat in Murdoch Terrace was broken into. Two young males have been charged with this crime.
  • In the early hours of the 23rd a number of motor vehicles were damaged in the area of Morrison Street, Gardner’s Crescent and Rosebank Cottages whereby the tyres of these vehicles were punctured.
  • Between the 26th and 27th a Sat Nav was stolen from a vehicle in Dorset Place.
  • Between the 19th and 20th power tools were stolen from a vehicle parked in Tay Street.
  • Between the 5th and 6th golf clubs and sporting equipment were stolen from a vehicle parked at Rosebank Cottages.
  • Between the 21st and 26th a pedal cycle was stolen from within a car park at Gardner’s Crescent.
  • During the day of the 23rd a pedal cycle was stolen from a stairwell in Tay Street.
  • During the day of the 23rd a pedal cycle was stolen from a stairwell in Gibson Terrace.
  • During the day of the 20th a pedal cycle was stolen from a stairwell in Mertoun Place.
There were 12 youth calls received during June
  • 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

During June there were 286 incidents logged by the police in respect of Fountainbridge beat.
  • 27 of the calls were graded ‘1’, i.e. emergencies,
  • 72 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 Officer (CBO)

PC Julie Cochrane
0131 221 2008

Acting 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
  The summer weather has arrived and welcomed by many but it alsoprovides increased opportunities for thieves.

Valuable property that is normally kept in secure storage is left around the garden and driveways often overnight. More concerning is the number of ground floor windows left ajar overnight for ventilation.

Whilst understanding and having experienced the discomfort of warm nights, windows left wide open overnight, particularly on the ground floor, is an invitation that a housebreaker can’t resist.

Please do not drop your guard, maintain your security and avoid becoming a victim.