Divisional Commanders Message
Easter is traditionally a time when our policing focus changes slightly to incorporate the school holidays, and the challenges they bring.
The holidays can signal a rise in certain types of crime, namely vandalisms and anti social behaviour. Similarly, the start of British summer time and the lighter evenings means we can often start to see a trend in seasonal crime, including bogus callers. Our local SNT officers are always on hand to deliver crime prevention advice to ensure that you and your neighbours are not victims of these types of crime.
For further information on bogus workmen or other aspects of crime prevention, please see theinformation on our website at
Alternatively, please contact your local team of officers using the contact details on the back page of this newsletter. They would be happy to discuss some simple and practical steps to keeping yourself and your home safe.
Edinburgh is lucky to be hosting a number of events this summer, and police planning is now well underway for all of them. As well as the wedding of Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall at the Canongate Kirk on 30th July, we also have Armed Forces Day and the State Opening of Parliament to look forward to. Our resources will be carefully managed to allow for resilience in the neighbourhoods too. We will ensure that local communities continue to receive a high quality of service.
Chief Superintendent Gill Imery, 'A' Divisional Commander.
Garden Crime - Nip it in the bud!
Spring is upon us and for some of us, thoughts turn to our gardens.
Many of you take measures to protect your home but don’t give a thought to your bicycle, lawnmower, hedge trimmer, power tools and other valuable gardening implements lying in your shed.
Criminals consider this type of crime to be low risk/high return as they don’t have to force entry to your home and the goods they can get are as valuable as anything in your house.
The good news is there is a lot you can do to prevent it.
Any boundary fence at your house should be builtin such a way that it is difficult to climb.
Use a good quality closed shackle padlock on your shed door.
Importantly, the hasp and door hinges should be attached using coach bolts rather than screws to prevent simple removal.
Fit an internal wire mesh grille to protect your shed window.
You should keep valuable items in the house but if they must stay in the shed, chain/lock them up and security mark them. Consider a shed alarm.
Lace a chain through the handles of garden forks, spades, bicycles etc. This will prevent a thief from being able to remove single items. Remember tools from your shed can be used to force entry to your house.
Finally - Don’t let any casual caller do work on your property, for example roofing, tarmacing driveways or gardening.