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Community and Neighbourhood Watch News

ISSUE 57 May 2009

'Work With Us'

City Wide

Divisional Commanders Message

The months of May and June will see us starting to enact our plans for the busy summer months ahead. With the range of activities that take place throughout the city, we find ourselves facing a hugely challenging set of policing issues whilst maintaining business as usual. We police a huge and growing number of events which are of great importance to local communities and the city as a whole in terms of tourism. Our crime prevention advice and local activities will help keep safe people and property alike, and such advice is accessible through a variety of ways. As well as this newsletter, you can check our website at or visit your local police station. In addition your local Community Beat Officer can meet with you as individuals or groups and I would encourage you to make contact with them in your particular area of Edinburgh.
Chief Superintendent Colin Campbell, Divisional Commander.

Hot Topics

Hate Crime

Despite all the work that goes on to keep Edinburgh safe, for some people, the fear of crime and the threat of harassment can still be very real. Hate crimes can sometimes be the cause of this unrest.

Hate crime is a crime or incident committed against a person that is motivated by an offender’s hatred of someone because of their perceived age, disability, faith, gender, race or sexual orientation. Between January 2006 and September 2007, 2194 hate crime offences were reported and more than 50% (1372) of these were racially aggravated.

In an attempt to tackle this type of crime, the Edinburgh Community Safety Partnership recently launched a Hate Crime Strategy in partnership with the police, voluntary sector and the City of Edinburgh Council.

Police input in combating this nature of a crime is vital, therefore the police felt that something must be introduced to improve the reporting of crime which is where ‘Remote Reporting’ comes in.

Remote Reporting allows victims or witnesses of a hate crime or incident to report the matter to a third party who is not the police, known as a Remote Reporting Centre. In turn the Remote Reporting Centre will forward the report to the police on your behalf. This will be done either anonymously for recording purposes only, or for appropriate police action at your discretion.

There are over 40 centres across Edinburgh where you can report an incident - from outreach centres such as the Salvation Army to the Council’s local offices.

If you have experienced or witnessed a hate crime, don’t be afraid to report it.
For a full list of Remote Reporting Centres and for more information visit or

Local News Beat PC48 Fountainbridge

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

There were 5 domestic Theft by Housebreakings reported during the month.
  • On the 2nd a flat in Mertoun Place was broken into whereby entry was gained by forcing the front door lock, jewellery, electrical items and personal effects were stolen from within.
  • On the 3rd a flat in Yeaman Place was broken into whereby entry was gained by smashing a rear window and electrical equipment was stolen from within.
  • Between the 10th & 11th a flat in St Peters Place was broken into whereby entry was gained by smashing a ground floor window, but no items were stolen from within. Two males have been charged with this crime.
  • On the 16th a flat in Gibson Terrace was broken into and a male has been charged with this crime.
  • On the 21st a flat in McNeill Street was broken into whereby entry was gained by forcing open a ground floor window and mobile phones, electrical items and cash were stolen from within.
  • Between the 5th & 23rd vehicles parked in Watson Crescent and Gardner’s Crescent were damaged.
  • On the 13th a motorcycle was stolen from Polwarth Gardens.
  • Between the 10th & 18th bicycles were stolen from within stairwells at Watson Crescent and St Peters Buildings.
20 youth calls received during April
  • 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 April there were 290 incidents logged by the police in respect of Fountainbridge beat.
  • 34 of the calls were graded ‘1’, i.e. emergencies,
  • 107 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
  This month’s Top Tips…


Give opportunist thieves a chance.


As the warmer weather begins, remember to close and lock your windows and doors when you leave home, even if it’s just to visit the shops.



Call Police if you see anyone acting in a disorderly or suspicious manner.