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Police Newsletter Beat PC48 Fountainbridge

A Division

Community and Neighbourhood Watch News

ISSUE 59 July 2009

'Work With Us'

City Wide

Divisional Commanders Message

The Lothian and Borders Police Annual Report for 2008 –2009 has been published and I am encouraged by the results, in particular how the hard work of our officers continues to pay off in local communities across the city. With a focus on prevention, local initiatives driven by community officers, such as the Graffiti initiatives, have proved successful, with 1553 fewer vandalisms recorded this year compared to last.

As the school holidays approach, our officers are actively engaging with young people across the Division in order to make the summer months a safe and fun period for everyone. Our school link officers in secondary schools are increasingly important in supporting our young people and telling them how to keep themselves and their property safe this summer. Our officers also provide inputs, along with our partners at the City of Edinburgh Council, in various diversionary activities for local children, including everythingfrom horse riding in the Pentlands to sailing at South Queensferry. Our officers are very versatile!

Please remember that if you do have any concerns regarding your local community then your Community Beat Officer will be happy to provide you with assistance.

Chief Superintendent Colin Campbell, Divisional Commander.

Hot Topics


There are simple steps you can take to minimise the risk of becoming a victim of crime when travelling by bus and taxi.
When taking the bus…
  • Have your ticket or change handy. This ensures your wallet or purse stays out of sight.
  • If a bus is quiet, sit downstairs, close to the driver.
  • Don’t be afraid to approach the driver if you have a problem or feel uneasy.
  • Keep your bag fastened and close to you.
  • Switch your mobile from ring to vibrate and be discrete when using it.
Remember only ‘black hackney’ taxi cabs are entitled to pick you up on the street without a pre-arranged booking.
For safety reasons if using a private hire car always:
  • Choose a reputable firm and carry their telephone number with you.
  • When the taxi arrives, ask the name of the company as well as the person the driver is to collect.
  • Never get into a taxi you have not asked for.
  • If possible share a taxi with a friend
  • Sit in the back and don’t give personal information to the driver.
  • If the driver makes you feel uneasy ask them to stop at a busy public place and let you out.

Local News Beat PC48 Fountainbridge

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

There were 5 domestic Theft by Housebreakings reported during the month.
  • On the 8th a flat in Dundee Terrace was broken into whereby entry was gained by forcing the front door lock, electrical items were stolen from within.
  • Between the 1st and the 17th a flat in Fowler Terrace was broken into whereby entry was gained by forcing the front door lock, jewellery was stolen from within.
  • Between the 3rd and 24th vehicles parked in West Bryson Road, Rosemount Buildings, Rosebank Cottages, Gardner’s Crescent, Harrison Road and Tay Street.
  • Between the 2nd & 25th bicycles were stolen from within stairwells at Yeaman Place, Bryson Road, Lower Gilmore Place, Harden Place, Polwarth Crescent, West Bryson Road and Thistle Place.
20 youth calls received during June
  • 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.

LOGGED INCIDENTS During June there were 227 incidents logged by the police in respect of Fountainbridge beat.
  • 22 of the calls were graded ‘1’, i.e. emergencies,
  • 68 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
  With Summer, hopefully here you may be thinking about the outdoor life –using your Pedal Cycle, tidying the garden or day trips in the car.

Unfortunately, opportunist thieves will also start paying attention to the property you store in your garden shed, where you leave your bikes and watching what is left in your car.

Thieves will target un-attended cars. Consider carefully where you park your vehicle, and when using your car, only take those items which are essential & don’t leave anything valuable in the car. If you have a satnav system –take it with you but don’t leave the telltale ‘ring’ on the windscreen.

Buy an approved lock for your bike, and if several are to be left together ‘through-chain’ them, which will make them more difficult to steal –you can only ride one at a time!! I hope you all have a good Summer and the weather is kind to you!