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Police News - Beat PC48 Fountainbridge & Craiglockhart

A Division News June 2011

'with you for you'

  Divisional Commanders Message

Our busy summer of events is well underway and as always the Division is participating with partners to ensure the smooth running of numerous local and international engagements. The successful conclusion of the Armed Forces Weekend has highlighted our ability to plan and host some of the largest gatherings in the UK.

The world’s press has focussed on the proceedings on the 24th, 25th and 26th June, and feedback has been extremely positive. Some official sources suggest that as many as one hundred thousand people attended the celebrations. Lothian & Borders and tri-services personnel worked in partnership on all three days in what was a unique collaborative effort.

Looking ahead, the State Opening of Parliament takes place on 1st July, as well as a number of prominent politicians, we are expecting representation from the Royal Family. This is another big event and an opportunity for the city to build on its reputation as a safe, secure and desirable location.

The Division’s end of month performance figures have just been collated, and it is encouraging to see continued good performance in key areas of business during the May to June period of 2011. Notable highlights include an 11% increase in solved housebreakings and an 8% increase in solved vandalisms. There is also a significant 6% reduction in reported serious assaults and our Safer Neighbourhood Teams continue to tackle crimes that local communities have highlighted as important. As ever, our objective to prioritise prevention and stop crime happening in the first place remains our central aim.

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 door or window and steals your valuables. Similarly if it’s a nice day and you leave windows or doors insecure whilst you go about your business inside the house.

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 “fished” through the letterbox.

  Local Operation and initiatives

Over the last few weeks there has been an increase in the number of vandalisms known as “tagging” which involves the perpetrator making their mark, usually in spray paint, on any available surface whether that be walls, bridges or residential property. An operation has been ongoing, for some time now within the Pentlands area to target all types of vandalism. This operation has resulted in Safer Neighbourhood Officers identifying an individual for carrying out approximately one hundred acts of tagging within the Pentlands area.

Around forty of these crimes were carried out within the Fountainbridge and Craiglockhart areas. This individual has now been reported to the Procurator Fiscal and the results of this have hopefully put a stop to these acts vandalism. In addition to this, Safer Neighbourhood Officers have also identified persons responsible for another series of tagging incidents within the Pentlands area from Colinton and continuing throughout the Fountainbridge and Craiglockhart area.

These involved vandalism to bustops and bridges causing unsightly graffiti in the area which has an impact on the local surroundings.

Steps are being taken to trace these individuals and report them for these offences.

Fountainbridge & Craiglockhart Safer Neighbourhood Officers in partnership with City of Edinburgh Council are actively conducting an anti violence campaign (Operation Affirm II) in the local area.

This operation is designed to deter violence, reduce the opportunity for violence and provide community reassurance.

As part of the operation we are visiting all local licensed premises including off licenses and distributing anti-violence posters to landlords.
During these visits we are also providing advice and reassurance and acting on any information relating to disruptive patrons.

In addition to this we are also providing high visibility foot patrols in local hotspot areas identified by the community as problem areas.
We are looking at setting up test purchasing operations with a view to preventing youths gaining access to alcohol which is known to be a contributing factor to youth disorder and violence.

We are also visiting the local primary schools and providing inputs to the pupils and teachers on aspects regarding keeping themselves safe. The local community is an integral part of this and any information gained will be be acted upon with a view to reducing the opportunity for violence.

  Appeal for information

Fountainbridge & Craiglockhart SNT officers having been holding joint surgeries in various locations throughout the area over the past few months. We have found these successful as they give the local community the opportunity to come along, speak with their local officers and raise their concerns in relation to matters that are aff ecting their community. The date and location of the next Surgery is Wednesday 20th July 2011 1900 hours, Slateford Community Centre. Please visit our Force website for future dates and locations.

During May there was a number of vandalisms to cars in and around the New Mart area.

If you have any information regarding these or any other crimes you can contact us on 0131 311 3131 or you can also do this anonomously by calling Crimestoppers on the number provided.

Local Priorities

The local priorities set for the Fountainbridge & Craiglockhart Ward are as follows:

1 Antisocial behaviour and littering at Tollcross Primary School.
Joint patrols have been carried out at Tollcross Primary School and a number of follow up visits to homes of youths identified.

2 Graffiti at rear of leisure centre and canal bridges and dumping and overgrown bushes on cycle path.
Joint patrols are being caried out on the Union Canal, British Waterways are making arrangements to remove rubbish and tackle the problem of overgrown bushes. CEC have agreed to remove the graffiti.

3 Antisocial behaviour at McDonalds, Gorgie Park Road and Gorgie Road.
Regular patrols carried out in and around McDonalds and Gorgie Road. This action has resulted in a reduction in youth calls.

The next meeting to discuss these issues and set future priorities will be held on Monday 27th June, 1830hrs at Gorgie Parish Church.

Boozed up - Squared up - Locked up

Lothian and Borders Police “Boozed up. Squared up. Locked up.” campaign was launched on the 1st June and concentrates on reducing weapons and alcohol fuelled violence. The campaign aims to remind people they are responsible for their own actions, and that losing control can have serious consequences for themselves, their victims, and their families.

Inspector Paul Matthews, Safer Communities Department said: “The alcohol-related violence phase of Lothian and Borders Police proactive prevention campaign was a real success last year, and we hope to repeat that success this year.

“Summertime means warmer, lighter nights, barbecues, house parties, late night drinking and extended opening hours – and it’s not surprising people want to enjoy these after the long dark winter.

“However, there is a very real link between alcohol and violence, often spur-of-the-moment, where both the victim and the accused are likely to be young men.

“We want to drive home the message that everyone is responsible for their own actions, and alcohol is neither an excuse nor a justification for violence.”

  A Division

City of Edinburgh help and advice National freephone helplines

Lothian and Borders Police
Non emergency
0131 311 3131

Lothian & Borders Fire & 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

Call 0800 555 111 (24 hours)
Fountainbridge/Craiglockhart Safer Neighbourhood Team
Call 0131 311 3131 (24 hours)
City of Edinburgh Council
Environmental Wardens - Call 0131 529 7440
Antisocial Behaviour Helpline - Call 0131 529 7050 (24 hours)