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Police Newsletter Beat PC48 Fountainbridge

A Division

Community and Neighbourhood Watch News

ISSUE 60 August 2009

'Work With Us'

City Wide

Divisional Commanders Message

With the busy summer season now in full swing, I am encouraged by the dedication our officers continually demonstrate in keeping communities safe whilst also working hard to police the many events and festivals taking place across the city. Our Community Beat, Neighbourhood Actions Units and Response Officers provide a vital role throughout this period, by ensuring that local issues remain at the fore whilst much attention is directed at the city centre. That said Edinburgh city centre is a dynamic and fun place in August, and all us in A Division are committed to making sure everyone who works, lives, and visits Edinburgh can do so safely.

The influx of visitors to the city does create a very different policing environment, however we have partnership operations in place in order to make sure we target the areas that may have additional needs. Operation Assure involves City of Edinburgh Council, British Transport Police, NSL Services group and Essential Edinburgh working with our officers to minimise anti social behaviour in the city centre. Joint agency patrols are being carried out in areas where there may be alcohol-related disorder and anti social behaviour. There are also patrols of buses and trains, as well as checks of licensed premises in the city centres.

Chief Superintendent Colin Campbell, Divisional Commander.

Hot Topics

Bogus Caller Crime

Over the past three years August has been the peak month for ‘Bogus Caller’ crime in the Edinburgh area.

‘Bogus Callers’ are the people who turn up on the doorstep unannounced - with good excuses such as ‘just happen to be working in the area’ ‘ you have some loose slates!’ ‘I need to check your water/electricity’ …to commit theft by distracting you.

Lothian and Borders Police ‘A’ Division and other partner agencies are working hard to reduce this type of crime occurring, but they need your assistance.

What should you do when you have a caller to your property?

Firstly when in your home, make sure your front and back doors are locked. Some callers will take an opportunity to distract you at the front door, whilst their colleague attempts to gain access to the rear.

Ask who it is, BEFORE opening the door. If possible use your door viewer or window to see who is calling. Check they are genuine. Insist on seeing identification and confirm the caller’s identity. If necessary contact the company to check, getting the telephone number from the phone book, not from the identification produced. If the visit is unexpected and you are unsure or don’t want to speak to the caller, don’t open the door.

Local News Beat PC48 Fountainbridge

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

There were 11 domestic Theft by Housebreakings reported during the month.
  • These occurred throughout the month at flats in the following areas - Murdoch Terrace, Tay Street, Dundee Terrace, Harrison Road, Fowler Terrace and Bryson Road whereby entry was gained in the main by forcing the front door. A male has been charged with a number of these offences and Police are carrying out extra patrols in the area to provide public reassurance.
  • On the 15th a motorcycle was stolen from within a stairwell in Watson Crescent.
  • On the 27th a motor vehicle was stolen from Dundee Terrace.
  • On the 15th a bicycle was stolen from within a stairwell in Tay Street.
15 youth calls received during July
  • 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 July there were 219 incidents logged by the police in respect of Fountainbridge beat.
  • 17 of the calls were graded ‘1’, i.e. emergencies,
  • 76 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
  July has seen the first Banning Order served on a number of individuals under the Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007 in the Pentlands area. This act deals with a range of social issues confronted by vulnerable Adults living within the community. It is designed to protect them against any person who may cause them harm directly or indirectly and allows Social Services to take a course of action to safeguard them.

The first case under this legislation has been implemented and imposed an order to ban a group of persons from approaching a particular area and address, thus prevents them having contact with a particular resident in the Pentlands area.

The legislation gives the Police powers to arrest any person, who they reasonably suspect of breaching such an order, allowing further measures of protection to be given to more vulnerable members of our community.