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A Division News December 2010

'with you for you'

  Divisional Commanders Message

With the festive season now fi rmly upon us, our winter policing initiatives are now up and running throughout the capital.

We have a range of activities going on right across Edinburgh, including a number of extra patrols in the busiest hotspots - from the airport to our outlying shopping centres.

We are also hoping to replicate the success of previous years with our city centre policing operation, Astrodome, which encompasses a huge range of partner activities all designed around keeping Edinburgh a safe place to visit, shop, and socialise in.

Chief Superintendent Gill Imery, 'A' Divisional Commander.

Operation Auction III

On 1st December 2010, Police in Edinburgh launched Operation Auction III, which is an annual 2-month initiative to tackle domestic abuse over the Festive Period, a time when increased numbers of incidents are reported.

Operation Auction III is part of a national Antiviolence Campaign and supported by our partners, including the City of Edinburgh Council.

Activities during this period are directed to:

  • Raise awareness of the subject of domestic abuse in our communities
  • Provide appropriate safety planning to reduce risk to victims
  • Direct individuals to specialist supports through our colleagues within the voluntary sector
  • Target perpetrators who engage in this behaviour

A particular focus is activities to target those who carry out acts of domestic abuse and reduce their future off ending. When they do off end, procedures are in place to arrest them, bring them before the courts, release them on Special Bail Conditions or remand them in custody until their trial.

The underlying aims of these activities are to strive towards a safer community, provide a reduction in repeat victims and work towards a more coordinated response.

Should you wish further information or advice you can contact a Domestic Abuse Liaison Officer on 0131 316 6683 or through the Lothian & Borders Police Force Website -

  Local Operation and initiatives

Antisocial Behaviour

Our Safer Neighbourhood Offi cers carried out regular patrols in and around Moat House and Hutchison House during the month of November. Concerns were raised by local residents in relation to the number of youths hanging about and engaging in antisocial behaviour.

Our officers engaged with and identified a number of youths and were able to disrupt those reducing the quality of life of the local community. Local officers further engaged with a number of residents who stated that the youth problem had reduced significantly. Our officers will continue to patrol this area.

Numerous Licensed premises and take away establishments were visited over the period. Useful advice was given to licensees and take away delivery drivers in relation to their alarm systems and general crime prevention in the run up to Christmas.

Personal Safety

As bad weather conditions and freezing temperatures are set to continue personal safety is a priority. Last year there were a number of incidents where persons put themselves at risk on the Union Canal.

The canal is again frozen over and we would like to remind members of the public not to go on the ice or allow their children to do so.

There will be patrols in the area of the canal with the focus on public safety.

Christmas is a time when we see an increased number of break-ins to vehicles especially in shopping centre car parks.

If you have to leave your Christmas presents and other shopping in your vehicle please leave them in the boot out of sight and not on rear seats etc when they can be easily seen by the opportunist thief.

  Appeal for information

We continue to rely on your support in reporting incidents as they occur in your area.

We also rely on your support in providing us with information in relation to offences committed in your area to help us detect these crimes and keep your community safe.

During the month of November a number of motor vehicles were broken into in and around the Shandon area.

Any information you can provide us relating to the persons responsible can be passed on to the police, either by speaking to your local Safer Neighbourhood officer or contacting your local police station.

You can also do this anonymously by calling Crimestoppers free on 0800 555 111.

New products, same advice.

Lothian and Borders Police have launched a Force-wide theft prevention campaign, with the slogan “New products, same advice.”

It is designed to stop homeowners becoming blasé to the basics by reminding them they have the power to prevent theft. This becomes even more important in the run up to Christmas, when homeowners may stockpile more high-value products in their homes than would normally be the case.

Inspector Paul Matthews said: “Crime prevention advice isn’t fashionable or sexy – it doesn’t change year by year, and you don’t always need hi-tech solutions.

“However, the fact remains that many thefts are preventable by following the age-old advice: lock up, look out, and use an alarm.

“It’s a simple message, but it could be the difference between a merry Christmas, and a miserable New Year.”

Over the campaign period, tactics used by officers will include:

  • sending warnings out to prolific offenders that they will be targeted
  • fast-tracking forensic examination on homes where theft has not been prevented
  • targeting second-hand markets to disrupt the resale of stolen goods
  • targeting those who handle stolen goods
  • Restorative Justice for young people involved in theft

  A Division

City of Edinburgh help and advice National freephone helplines

Lothian and Borders Police
Non emergency
0131 311 3131

Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service
Fire safety advice:
(freephone) 0800 169 0320

Lothian Gay and Lesbian Switchboard
0131 556 4049
0131 557 0751 (lesbian)

For emotional advice if you are feeling depressed or suicidal:
0131 221 9999 (Edinburgh)
08457 90 90 90 (National)

Shakti Women’s Aid
Support and information for black minority ethnic women experiencing domestic abuse:
0131 475 2399

Signposts people with disability to a wide range of services:
0131 669 1600

Victim Support
01896 751 212

Women’s Aid
0131 3158 110

(calls may not be free from mobile phones)

Breathing Space
For emotional advice if you are feeling depressed:
0800 838 587

Help for people aged 18 or under:
0800 11 11

Know the Score
Free confidential drugs information and advice:
0800 587 587 9

Message Home
Get a message home for free if you have run away:
0800 700 740

National Debtline
0808 808 4000

National Domestic Violence Helpline
0808 2000 247

National Missing Persons Helpline
0500 700 700

Runaway Helpline
0808 800 7070

Scottish Domestic Abuse Line
0800 027 1234

Shelter’s Free Housing Advice Helpline
0808 800 4444

Lesbian, gay and bisexual charity:
08000 50 20 20

Womens Aid
0808 2000 247

Fountainbridge/Craiglockhart Safer Neighbourhood Team
Phone 0131 311 3131