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Community and Neighbourhood Watch News

ISSUE 49 September 2008

'Work With Us'

City Wide

Divisional Commanders Message

August was a challenging month for Lothian & Borders Police with the Edinburgh Festival celebrations and commencement of the new football season. The police service is often pulled in many directions by the demands placed upon us however, as ever we continue to provide daily a high level of service to the public across the city.

With Freshers Week approaching, officers continue to maintain established links with the Universities, providing information to new students on a variety of issues including personal safety, lifestyle and home security.

In addition, as we approach Autumn and subsequent darker nights, in terms of home security, I would encourage vigilance and if anyone is seen acting suspiciously, contact your local police station.

Chief Superintendent Colin Campbell, Divisional Commander.

Hot Topics

Garden Sheds

Unfortunately, at this time of year, break-ins to garden sheds become more common. Many criminals consider this type of crime to be low risk, as they don’t have to force entry to your home. People store bikes, power tools and expensive gardening equipment in their sheds making them very attractive targets for criminals.

The good news is that there is a lot you can do to outsmart garden thieves. A few simple solutions can make all the difference to the security of your garden. Firstly is your shed in a good state of repair?
  • The hinges and any hasps should be attached using coach bolts rather than screws, and use a good quality closed shackle padlock.
  • Shed window – securely fit a grille over it; either internally or externally.
  • Garden forks, spades, etc. can all be used as tools to try and force entry to your house. Secure them together with a length of chain through the handles secured by a padlock. Don’t leave tools lying around the garden and make sure ladders are kept secure.
  • Bikes - use securely fixed ground anchors and good quality bike locks to secure them. These can also be used for lawnmowers etc, or again secure them together.
  • Security mark tools, lawnmowers, toolboxes and garden furniture, by engraving, painting or using a security marker pen. Mark them with your surname, house number and postcode.
  • Install security lighting.
  • Fit a shed alarm. These only cost a few pounds and can be bought from most DIY store.
Should you require any further security advice contact your local Neighbourhood Crime Prevention Officer.

Local News Beat PC48 Fountainbridge

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

There was one Theft by Housebreaking reported during the month.
  • On the 23rd a flat in Yeaman Place was broken into and property to the value of around £1000 stolen from within.
  • On the 23rd an attempt was made to break into a flat in Yeaman Place but no entry was gained and nothing was stolen from within.
  • Between the 7th and 8th a vehicle was stolen from Harrison road but was later recovered undamaged in the Stenhouse area.
  • On the 1st a vehicle parked in Lower Gilmore Place was broken into and items to the value of £120 stolen from within.
  • Between the 1st and the 10th vehicles’ parked in Rosebank Cottages, Gardner’s Crescent and Polwarth Gardens had wing mirrors broken off.
  • Between the 7th and 8th a vehicle parked in Watson Crescent was stolen and was later recovered badly damaged in the Stenhouse area.
  • On the 10th the front windscreen of a vehicle parked in Watson Crescent was smashed but no items were stolen from within.
  • Between the 1st and the 19th bicycles were stolen from stairwells in Mertoun Place, Polwarth Gardens, Chalmers Buildings, Bryson Road, Grove Street, Watson Crescent and Fowler Terrace.
There were 6 youth calls received during August
  • 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 August there were 324 incidents logged by the police in respect of Fountainbridge beat.
  • 42 of the calls were graded ‘1’, i.e. emergencies,
  • 92 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 5906-A 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

Police are appealing for help to trace Alan Goulden who has been missing from his home in the Maybury area of Edinburgh since Saturday August 30th.

64-year-old Alan Goulden was last seen in Maybury Road, Edinburgh, between 6.30am and 7.30am. He may have visited a local supermarket at the Gyle Shopping Centre at around 8.00am that morning.

Mr Goulden is described as white, 5ft 7-8ins tall, of medium build, with a ruddy complexion and short light brown hair. He may be wearing a light blue jumper, checked shirt, trousers and brown leather shoes. He is well spoken, with an English accent.

Mr Goulden is well known in the Maybury area for walking his small white Papillion dog. He did not have the dog with him when he went missing.

A policespokeswoman said: "We are growing increasingly concerned for Mr Goulden's safety, and would urge anyone who may have seen him since he went missing to contact police as a matter of urgency."