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Police Newsletter Beat PC48 Fountainbridge

A Division

Community and Neighbourhood Watch News

ISSUE 51 November 2008

'Work With Us'

City Wide

Divisional Commanders Message

October marked the first ever Leith ‘week of action’, a joint partnership initiative which proved incredibly successful. Lothian and Borders Police linked in with the City Council, the Fire and Rescue Service, Neighbourhood Watch groups and local residents. As well as tackling crime at a local level head-on, our officers were able to build links with the local community and develop an ongoing mutually beneficial relationship. The scheme has the potential to be rolled out in other areas as time goes on.

The darker nights have brought their own challenges over the past month. In the run-up to Halloween and Fireworks night, A Division officers worked extremely hard to ensure residents enjoyed these events safely. We focused on targeting seasonal anti social behaviour and imparting vital safety advice.

Lothian and Borders Police have also been supporting a group of local nightclubs with their ‘Unight’ scheme, which aims to combat crime and anti social behaviour. New statistics released show crime has dropped by a fifth in the year since it was launched. These are encouraging figures and great news for anyone who wants to enjoy Edinburgh’s vibrant nightlife.

Chief Superintendent Colin Campbell, Divisional Commander.

Hot Topics

Door Step Crime

At any time of year they could arrive on your doorstep, cold callers or bogus callers, call them what you may.

They take on many faces pretending to be from a utility company, charity collector, the ‘plumber’ working next door, selling over priced goods, using hard selling techniques or overcharging for work, they all want one thing; your money, and will try many ways to get it.

It is important to take some simple precautions so that such people do not take advantage of yourself or others.
  • What do these people look like? They are plausible people, dressing and talking in such a way to inspire confidence in you to ‘trust’ them. Do not get taken in.
  • Who is at risk and when? Many bogus callers will call during the day – times that you would expect trades people and service providers to call. Charity collectors will call at various times.
  • Bogus Callers are always inventing new ways of getting into people's homes to steal valuables or money. If you do not know or expect a caller, do not let them into your home.
  • What can you do? Always check who is at your door before you open it. If you have a door chain use it.
  • An expected a caller. Check they are genuine, they will show you ID and you can contact the company; using the phone book to get the company telephone number to confirm the callers identity.
  • Doorstep workman. Don't let any casual caller do work on your property, for example roofing, driveway or gardening work.
  • Be aware. Be careful yourself and lookout for neighbours, if suspicious people are in the area, contact the police.

Local News Beat PC48 Fountainbridge

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

There were 2 domestic Theft by Housebreakings reported during the month.
  • On the 17 a flat in Gardners Crescent was broken into. A small number of low value items were stolen from within.
  • On the 29th a flat in Murdoch Terrace was broken into. Computer and electrical items were stolen to a value of £2000.
  • Between the 17 two motor vehicles parked in Lower Gilmore Place had their windows smashed but no items taken from within.
  • Between the 20 and 21st a motor vehicle parked in Yeaman Place had two tyres slashed.
  • On the 21st several vehicles in Watson Crescent and Gibson Terrace had their windows smashed, culprits have been identified and charged for the crimes.
  • Between the 9th and 27th bicycles were stolen from stairwells in Fountainbridge, Mertoun Place, Bryson Road and Gilmore Place.
There were 9 youth calls received during October
  • 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 October there were 284 incidents logged by the police in respect of Fountainbridge beat.
  • 15 of the calls were graded ‘1’, i.e. emergencies,
  • 91 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
  I hope you find the newsletter informative as well providing you with a summary of the crime within your area, whilst also mentioning local and policing issues.

I am happy to report that several youths have been identified and charged for a number of crimes in the area. In many respects these results highlight the commitment, enthusiasm and professionalism of all the officers based at the West End Police Station and on the other hand our reported success cannot be achieved without the participation of the community in our day-to-day activities and from our close partnership agencies, which includes the Antisocial Behaviour Division at City of Edinburgh Council. This division has worked in partnership with my Safer Communities Unit and Neighbourhood Action Unit (NAU) to achieve positive results within the wider community as well as this specific area. I look forward to continued success in the near future.