Divisional Commanders Message
This month the round of national events has continued with the State Opening of Parliament and Royal Week passing successfully and building on the positive outcome of the Armed Forces’ Weekend.
As welcome crowds of visitors enjoy our beautiful city ‘A’ Division’s police officers and staff continue to work hard to ensure their safety. This is reflected in the performance figures for last month, with the detection rate for serious assault increasing by 3% while the rate for assault and robbery detections also rose by a very encouraging 11%. Close work with licensed premises and the City of Edinburgh Council continues to ensure that the city centre is an increasingly safe place to socialise.
The Division continues to prioritise its focus on protecting local communities too, ensuring that the summer events in no way detract from neighbourhood initiatives and policing. Again, as we strive to prevent and reduce crime in local areas June’s crime statistics illustrate some considerable success in this regard, with a 19% increase in detection of housebreakings – and most importantly a 15% drop in the number of recorded break-ins.
The committed work by our Safer Neighbourhood Teams and Intelligence Unit (to predict and prevent offences), Housebreaking Units (to catch offenders) and Search and Recovery Team (to recover stolen goods) continues to pay dividends.
The next month will see the city engaged in the customary Festival and Tattoo commitments, with Divisional officers providing support to the public, organisers and our partner agencies throughout.
Recent reports in national newspapers have highlighted the unique economic and cultural benefits of these events for Edinburgh and Scotland, and the Division remains committed to ensuring these diverse and rewarding additions to the city’s calendar pass in a peaceful, productive and enjoyable fashion.
Chief Superintendent Gill Imery, 'A' Divisional Commander.
Summer “Slip In” Thefts
At this time of year we regularly notice a rise in the number of “Slip In” thefts. These are committed in a number of ways; the most common being when you are in the garden and the thief slips into your house through an insecure doors or windows. Remember, it only takes a second to slip in and steal cash, credit cards, jewellery, laptops, other digital devices or even your car.
If you are in your back garden, make sure that your front door is locked and secured, not just on the Yale lock as these are easy to overcome.
Similarly if you have a conservatory or patio doors at the rear of your home it is important to secure them to prevent anyone slipping in whilst you’re working in your garden. In the rare event that we experience a particularly warm and pleasant summer, do not be tempted to leave your windows open when you’re out of the house. Open windows can be an invitation to thieves.
Always keep your car keys safe. Modern cars are virtually impossible to steal without the true key so don’t leave them lying around in vulnerable areas. Keep your keys with you or secure them in a safe place, not on a key hook or near the front door where they could be “fi shed” through the letterbox.