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A Division News March 2011

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  Divisional Commanders Message

February has seen us deal with a number of major incidents in Edinburgh, including a number of murders, and our officers and staff are working hard to carry out thorough investigations to each of them. Our Safer Neighbourhood Team Officers are an integral part in ensuring that the impact of these crimes on the local community is considered and managed. Enquiries are progressing well into each incident, and we hope for swift resolutions for all of them. I would like to reassure the public that serious incidents of this nature are rare, and Edinburgh still remains one of the safest places in the UK to live, work and visit.

The results of the public perception survey that I mentioned in last month’s Commander’s Message are now being made public, and within this newsletter you will find a breakdown of the results for your ward, which I hope you will find useful. A full copy of the results is available to view on our website at www.lbp.police.uk.

Chief Superintendent Gill Imery, 'A' Divisional Commander.


Community Safety Advice

Residents in Edinburgh with sheds and garages are being warned to watch out for an increase in crimes that traditionally rise in spring. In particular housebreakings of non-residential buildings, such as business premises, including offices and factories, sheds and garages.

Insecure windows and doors on business premises can tempt opportunist housebreakers. But good lighting, CCTV and an alarm will both dissuade thieves and aid the Police in the event of any attempted break-in.

Residents should also be careful to lock sheds and garages. They can be seen as easy targets to thieves, particularly if they contain valuable items such as mountain bikes or expensive tools. You can help to prevent this type of crime by securing sheds and garages with locks and marking your property.

All members of the community are urged to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to the Police. Any member of the public who would like appropriate advice should contact their local crime prevention officer.


  Local Operation and initiatives

Street Violence

Pentland Safer Neighbourhood teams took a leading role in an operation in the Pentland area to tackle street violence.

This involved high profile foot patrols in known areas for these crimes and took place over the weekends during February.

Safer Neighbourhood Team officers were supplemented by officers from across Edinburgh and also worked in partnership with Council Environmental Wardens tackling littering outside pubs.

Over 100 people were stopped and searched for weapons, several fixed penalty tickets were issued for anti social behaviour and alcohol was confiscated from teenagers.

The patrols saw a reduction in assaults and assault and robberies in the area. A number of littering offences were also detected and fixed penalty tickets were given out by the Environmental wardens.


Street Surgeries

Pentland Safer Neighbourhood teams took a leading role in an operation in the Pentland area to tackle street violence.

This involved high profile foot patrols in known areas for these crimes and took place over the weekends during February.

Safer Neighbourhood Team officers were supplemented by officers from across Edinburgh and also worked in partnership with Council Environmental Wardens tackling littering outside pubs.

Over 100 people were stopped and searched for weapons, several fixed penalty tickets were issued for anti social behaviour and alcohol was confiscated from teenagers.

The patrols saw a reduction in assaults and assault and robberies in the area. A number of littering offences were also detected and fixed penalty tickets were given out by the Environmental wardens.


  Appeal for information

During February a number of vandalisms were carried out to Virgin Media cables in the Merchiston, Shandon areas. If you have any information relating to these crimes please contact your local police station or call Crimestoppers in confidence on the telephone number listed on the contacts page.


Local Priorities

Fountainbridge - Craiglockhart Safer Neighbourhood Team are continuing with the vandalism initiative in an effort to identify patterns and detect offenders. Officers are also continuing to monitor the problems of antisocial behaviour in the Gorgie Park area.

We’re working closely with local youth groups as well as continuing our patrols in the area.

Public Perception Survey

The results of a public perception survey carried out in September 2010 have just been published. These results are available on the force website and have been examined by the Safer Neighbourhood Teams.

The Safer Neighbourhood teams were introduced into the Fountainbridge / Craiglockhart area at the end of September 2010 and the results of the survey have given us a good steer towards the areas we need to concentrate on.

Looking at the main points of the report, there was a lack of information about what the police were doing in the area.

We have been concentrating on providing more information on this.

Monthly newsletters are now being produced and distributed into community buildings e.g. libraries, sports centres and doctors surgeries etc.

These are also e-mailed to local community groups and councillors.

We are looking into setting up an e-mail distribution list of the newsletter and will be publishing details regarding this shortly.

As well as the newsletters, police surgeries are arranged by officers and advertised locally. Anyone can come along and meet their local officer who will happily discuss any issue affecting them or what officers are doing in their area.

Some of the other points raised in the survey are about places that people feel unsafe.

One area that kept coming up was Telfer Subway at Fountain Park.

Although there is a perception that this is unsafe there has been very little crime reported to the police, with only two crimes reported in the last four years.

However local officers are aware of the perception and patrol this when they can.

Other concerns raised regarding areas of antisocial behaviour have been noted and the police and Council Community Safety Teams or Environmental Wardens will be working closely to tackle these.

Finally

SCOREscotland is a voluntary organisation who support the minority ethnic communities in the West of Edinburgh. They work for and with those who are affected by racial discrimination. The organisation works closely with the police to promote racial equality. If you or anyone you know has been affected by racial abuse you can contact SCOREscotland on 0131 442 2341 or visit their website SCOREscotland.org.uk


  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
enquiries@lbfire.org.uk

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

Samaritans
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

Update
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

Childline
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

Stonewall
Lesbian, gay and bisexual charity:
08000 50 20 20

Womens Aid
0808 2000 247

Crimestoppers
www.crimestoppers-uk.org
Call 0800 555 111 (24 hours)
Fountainbridge/Craiglockhart Safer Neighbourhood Team
adivsntfountainbridgecraiglockhart@lbp.pnn.police.uk
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)