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.
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.
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