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Community and Neighbourhood Watch News

ISSUE 56 April 2009

'Work With Us'

City Wide

Divisional Commanders Message

The month of February saw Lothian and Borders Police conduct a large scale, pre-planned operation called Operation Deliver. It’s purpose was to target drug dealers in our communities within the city. Officers raided addresses mainly in the east and south of Edinburgh over two days where people were suspected of dealing in illegal drugs and committing crime. The initial stages were extremely successful with several suspects now facing trial. Drugs are a menace to our society, and drug dealers want to profit from the misery of others in return for cash. Local communities are not however powerless to stop this happening and indeed are often the catalyst for police action by providing information. If you have any information you think could help us stop the scourge of drugs please do let us know –your Community Beat Officer is never far away, and will deal with any information with complete confidentiality. People can also call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

The end of this month signals the end of the financial year, and the collation of our crime statistics. Early indications point to a decrease in vandalisms, youth calls, and motor vehicle thefts. This is excellent news, and our Neighbourhood Action Units and all our community officers have played a significant part in that. I’m sure you are aware policing in Edinburgh is very much centred on partnership working, and these results demonstrate the importance of working together in the city.

Chief Superintendent Colin Campbell, Divisional Commander.

Hot Topics

Garden Shed Crime

Many of you take measures to protect your home but don’t give a thought to your bicycle, lawnmower, hedge trimmer, power tools and other valuable gardening implements lying out in a rickety old shed. Criminals consider this type of crime to be low risk/high return as they don’t have to force entry to your home and the goods they can get there are as valuable as anything in your house. The good news is there is a lot you can do to prevent it:
  • Any boundary fence/wall at your house should be built in such a way that it is difficult to climb.
  • Use a good quality closed shackle padlock on your shed door and the hasp and door hinges should be attached using coach bolts rather than screws to prevent simple removal.
  • You should keep valuable items in the house but if they must stay in the shed, chain/lock them up.
  • Lace a chain through the handles of garden forks, spades, bicycles etc. This will prevent a thief from being able to remove single items. Remember tools from your shed can be used to force entry to your house.
  • Security mark your bicycles, lawnmowers, toolboxes and garden furniture, by engraving, painting or using a security marker pen.
  • Fit an internal wire mesh grille to protect your shed window.

Local News Beat PC48 Fountainbridge

The incidents in this newsletter reflect events, which occurred in March 2009

There were 2 domestic Theft by Housebreakings reported during the month.
  • On the 12th a flat in Polwarth Gardens was broken into whereby entry was gained by forcing the front door lock, electrical items were stolen from within. Two males have been charged with this crime.
  • On the 27th a flat in Lothian House, Lothian Road, had its front door forced but no entry was gained to the property.
  • Between the 25th & 31st several motor vehicles parked in Tay Street and Dundee Terrace had a corrosive substance poured onto them causing damage to paintwork.
  • Between the 6th & 30th motor vehicles parked in Murdoch Terrace, Bryson Road, Dorset Place and Polwarth Crescent had windows smashed no items were stolen from within these vehicles.
  • Between the 23rd & 27th two motor vehicles one parked in Gibson Terrace and other in Polwarth Gardens had windows smashed and items were stolen from within the vehicles.
  • On the 16th a motorcycle was stolen from Mertoun Place, which was later recovered and culprits identified and charged for the crime.
  • Between the 6th & 23rd bicycles were stolen from within stairwells at Yeaman Place, Watson Crescent, Dundee Street and Gardner’s Crescent.
14 youth calls received during March
  • 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 March there were 262 incidents logged by the police in respect of Fountainbridge beat.
  • 27 of the calls were graded ‘1’, i.e. emergencies,
  • 85 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

Sergeant David Connelly
0131 622 2402

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
  I would like to highlight the work of the Edinburgh Mediation Service this month. (ECMS) is an important service in helping to tackle antisocial behaviour, and is particularly useful at an early stage of the process. Mediation helps to resolve disagreements between individuals and groups and is a positive way of dealing with disputes helping those involved reach an agreement. Mediators are independent people trained to listen to both sides of disagreements and help to find common ground. The service is free, voluntary and confidential and allows issues to be addressed constructively in a safe and neutral environment. The service handles disputes between neighbours about any issue with some of the most common involving noise, boundaries, pets, abusive behaviour, parking etc. When neighbours agree to use mediation the success rate is very high, resulting in agreed solutions and positive outcomes.

Edinburgh Community Mediation Service
21 Abercromby Place, Edinburgh, EH3 6QE
Tel: 0131 557 2101