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Police Newsletter Beat PC48 Fountainbridge

A Division

Community and Neighbourhood Watch News

ISSUE 53 January 2009

'Work With Us'

City Wide

Divisional Commanders Message

The huge range of Winter Initiatives that have been taking place across the City over the festive period are coming to an end, and I am encouraged by the results. All officers and staff have worked hard to ensure a high visibility presence and crime prevention messages have helped keep crime levels low, and anti social behaviour to a minimum. Hogmanay policing plans were well executed by our officers in a good-natured atmosphere, and the low levels of arrests reflect a fantastic attitude between the police and the public.

I am pleased to see that some of our officers have been recognised over the past few weeks for their hard work and achievements. PC Simon Daley, CBO for Broughton, has received notable recognition for his work building relations between the Scottish and Polish Communities with the new war memorial in Redbraes Place. He will travel to London later this month to receive a Community Award from the Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street.

Daragh Gleeson from Portobello has been awarded Probationer of the Year after the Force recognised his positive attitude, commitment and excellent crime solvency rates.

Last but not least, CBO Neil Doig was nominated for the Community Policeman of the Year Awards in London for his years of dedicated service to the Broomhouse and west Edinburgh areas. Although I am understandably biased I thought Neil should have won this particular award.

While these officers have shown incredible dedication to Lothian and Borders Police, I’m encouraged by every member of staff’s continued efforts to ensure public safety and look forward to a productive year ahead.

Chief Superintendent Colin Campbell, Divisional Commander.

Hot Topics

Beauty Spot Awareness

Edinburgh is beautiful, scenic place to live and there are lots of well-known beauty spots to visit and enjoy the city’s scenery first hand. Many of these areas have parking facilities and unfortunately thieves have been taking advantage of this lately. In a number of cases, victims have arrived, parked their cars, placed valuables in the boot and on returning found that their car has been broken into while neighbouring cars with no valuables in the boot remain untouched. This would indicate that thieves may be observing from nearby and targeting only vehicles that are worth their while.

To reduce the chances of falling victim to this type of crime, we advise that you make sure you lock and secure your car whenever you leave it and don’t leave valuables on display. Car thieves often steal first and think about value later. Take your valuables with you or lock them in the boot prior to arriving at the destination where you intend to park up. Don’t be tempted to hide things under the seats or leave them in the glove box.

Satellite Navigation systems are also highly sought after and we have found that some criminals are looking for the sucker mark that is left on the inside of your windscreen by the handset, then breaking in on the off chance that you’ve hidden the goods somewhere in the car.

Local News Beat PC48 Fountainbridge

The incidents in this newsletter reflect events, which occurred in December 2008

There was no domestic Theft by Housebreakings reported during the month.

  • Between the 10th & 12th two motor vehicles parked in Gardner’s Crescent had their wing mirrors damaged.
  • Between the 10th & 11th a motor vehicle parked in West Bryson Road had it’s paintwork scratched.
  • Between the 10th and the 22nd attempts were made to break into motor vehicles parked in Gardner’s Crescent and Dundee Street.
  • On the 4th a bicycle was stolen from outside Fountain Park.
There were 2 youth calls received during December
  • 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 December there were 261 incidents logged by the police in respect of Fountainbridge beat.
  • 22 of the calls were graded ‘1’, i.e. emergencies,
  • 89 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 Chris Kowalski
0131 44 23261

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
  Volunteering with Lothian and Borders Police

In order to promote safer communities and encourage social responsibility, Lothian and Borders Police is offering you the opportunity to become involved in the policing of your local community through volunteering.

Our Volunteer Programme is currently being devised and we would like you to note your interest by contacting our Volunteer Coordinator:

Christine Harrison
Safer Communities Department
Lothian and Borders Police Headquarters
Fettes Avenue
Edinburgh EH4 1RB
t: 0131 311 3371