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Community and Neighbourhood Watch News

ISSUE 46 June 2008

'Work With Us'

City Wide

Divisional Commanders Message

In April we highlighted the significant decrease in the number of crimes committed across the City of Edinburgh in the past year. I am delighted to report that we have started the new financial year in an extremely positive way. In April and May this year we have continued to see a decrease in the number of crimes committed across the city and an increase in the number of crimes solved compared with previous years.

The challenge ahead of us is to maintain this very impressive start as we enter the summer months. The influx of visitors to Edinburgh is to be warmly welcomed as they are vital to the economic well being and reputation of the city. It is our job to ensure the environment remains safe for all of the people within the capital city. As ever, I am convinced that we will rise to the challenges this will bring for all of us.

Chief Superintendent Colin Campbell, Divisional Commander.

Hot Topics

Thefts and vandalism to schools and building sitesin Edinburgh affect the whole community. The costs are hidden but they are enormous and ultimately affect the community through increased costs for the repair and replacement of school property, while the vandalism or theft of equipment and materials from building sites will lead to increased costs to the consumer.

Traditionally these types of crime occur at weekends and during holiday periods. Lothian and Borders Police will be visiting all schools and building sites in the weeks prior to the School summer holidays and the traditional trades fortnight to provide crime prevention advice in an effort to combat this.

For those who are going on holiday soon crime prevention advice is readily available to anyone who wishes to review their home security and can be obtained by contacting their local Community Beat Officer or Crime Prevention Officer.

All residents are encouraged to be pro-active in helping to prevent crime in their local community by keeping a look out in their area and reporting any suspicious behaviour they see to the police, in an emergency call 999 or 0131 311 3131 for all other calls.

Remember you can give any information regarding crime or criminal activity anonymously by phoning Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Local News Beat PC48 Fountainbridge

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

  • During the afternoon of the 8 a flat in Gilmore place was broken into. Computer equipment and other electrical goods were stolen to a value in excess of £2000.
  • Between 23rd and 25th office premises in Gardner’s Crescent was broken into. A computer and cash was stolen.
  • Between the 28th and 29th a green Hyundai Getz was stolen from Dorset Place.
  • Between the 29th and 30th a Sat Nav and CD player were stolen from a Ford Transit van in West Bryson Road.
  • Between 17th and 18th a holdall and clothing was stolen from a green Mazda car at Rosebank Cottages.
  • Between 17th and 18th the rear registration plate was stolen from a silver Honda Civicin West Bryson Road.
  • Between 11th and 12th a holdall and contents were stolen from a black VW Polo at Rosebank Cottages.
  • Between 9th and 10th a Honda motorcycle was stolen from Bryson Road.
  • Between 4th and 5th a mobile phone was stolen from a blue Citreon C2 in Dorset Place.
  • During the afternoon of the 4th a pair of binoculars was stolen from a Silver Mercedes CLK in Fountainbridge.
  • Between 2nd and 3rd a Sat Nav was stolen from a blue Ford Transit van in Grove Street.
  • In the late afternoon of the 21st a pedal cycle was stolen from the front garden of a house in Tay Street.
  • In the morning of 21st a Giant pedal cycle was stolen from the basement area of a house in Polwarth Crescent.
  • Between 17th and 18th a Cairns pedal cycle was stolen from Polwarth Gardens.
  • Between 9th and 10th a pedal cycle was stolen from Watson Crescent.
  • Between the 4th and 5th a Specialised pedal cycle was stolen, whilst left secure, in West Bryson Road.
There were 19 youth related calls received during May
  • 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 May there were 285 incidents logged by the police in respect of Fountainbridge beat.
  • 23 of the calls were graded ‘1’, i.e. emergencies.
  • 98 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
  Slip-in thefts always increase over summer, so please ensure that all outer doors are locked when out of the house (even if you are out in the garden) and that accessible windows remain secured as safely as possible to eliminate unwanted visitors etc.

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself as I have recently taken over the role of Community Beat Officer in the Fountainbridge area and I look forward to getting to know the Community and its residents.