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A Division News September 2011

'with you for you'

  Divisional Commanders Message

September has seen a host of events in Edinburgh, not least with the recent Unite Against Fascism march and Scottish Defence League gathering in the city centre. Both groups required unique policing efforts to ensure peaceful assemblies, and the Division worked closely with partners to provide freedom of speech without infl ammatory elements or disorder. The event concluded without any arrests and continued the fine public order record that the city has. Indeed, it is testament to the detailed planning and delivery for these rallies that people were able to continue shopping and travel across the city centre unaffected by events.

In regards to wider policing issues, year-to-date figures highlight a drop in recorded domestic housebreakings by 10%, while solvency has increased by 17%.

At the same time, some excellent initiatives have seen the rate of motor vehicle theft drop by 18%, and thefts of property from within cars drop by almost a quarter. There has been a 6% increase in solvency in general theft in year to date figures, and proactive campaigns such as Operation Cello have been significant contributors. Operation Cello began by targeting bike thefts in West & Pentlands, but following substantial success the decision was made to transfer the good practice employed to high volume crime in general.

Solvency rates in serious assault and robbery have improved markedly too - the latter increasing by 65% compared to last year - with continued efforts by staff in the city’s Violent Crime Units showing dividends. Combining these results with the good natured outcome of the demonstrations in Princes Street will continue to endorse Edinburgh’s status as a safe and enjoyable place to live.

Chief Superintendent Gill Imery, 'A' Divisional Commander.

Metal Theft

Lothian and Borders Police recommend that you review the security of your property.

Please consider the crime prevention advice in this section to protect your property against metal theft.

  • Store ladders in a secure place. This is really important when building works that involve scaffolding are taking place.
  • Tell your insurance company in advance of any building work that you are doing. Not disclosing this information may affect your insurance cover.
  • Make it difficult for thieves to move stolen goods by removing wheelbarrows and wheelie bins. Put these items in a secure place.
  • Regularly check your roofs so that any theft of roofing materials is found before it rains and water enters the building, causing further damage.
  • Watch out for workmen arriving unexpectedly at a building.
  • Apply anti-climb paint to drain pipes and roof guttering. This restricts access to roofing. Do not apply the paint below a height of two metres. Display warning notices which warn people that anti-climb paint is being used. Display them prominently. Anti-climb paint can be bought from any security products company.
  • Consider installing security lighting, particularly at roof level where metal roof coverings are present. Check with your local authority if permission is needed to do this.

  Local Operation and Initiatives

SCOREscotland is a voluntary organisation. It works in partnership to address the causes and effects of racism and promotes race equality. They break down the barriers to enable full participation in minority ethnic communities in all aspects of civil life. Youth work is an essential part of SCOREscotland and empowers young people to participate within their local communitiies. Safer Neighbourhood officers are continuing to work with SCOREscotland engaging with the organisation and local ethnic minority youths. Throughout the summer holiday period officers teamed up with SCOREscotland assisting with their summer youth club. The clubs were held at various locations throughout the Pentlands area and included activities such as racketball, skipping lessons and a variety of other sporting activities. This was a worthwhile intitiative that contributed to our commitment to partnership working and engagement with our local youths. We have also been working with members of Kiddsports to promote their free RACKETBALL sessions. Our officers have distributed several leaflets to a number of local schools promoting the free sessions that are taking place at Craiglockhart Leisure Centre. The sessions are running on Fridays through September and October and are open to children and youths between 10 years and 19 years. It’s not too late to join in, so pop along to the centre for more information or call or email us and we will provide you with more information about the FREE sessions.

Over the course of 2011 our Safer Neighbourhood Teams have performed numerous patrols of the Union Canal, both on foot and by pedal cycle. As well as providing a highly visible police presence, these patrols have identified that in-considerate cycling, littering, dog fouling and graffiti are the issues that most effect canal users. We will continue to target incidents of vandalism, especially graffiti. During 2011 three separate individuals have been reported to the Procurator Fiscal for incidents of graffiti “tagging” along the canal. We continue to work in partnership with Edinburgh City Council Community Safety Team to identify those responsible. In August 2011 Safer Neighbourhood Officers carried out an initiative along the canal named ‘Operation Cereal’. This initiative involved high visibility patrols of the towpath and surrounding areas, both on foot and by pedal cycle and when possible augmented by Lothian and Borders Police Marine Unit. These patrols were carried out in partnership with our Environmental Warden and Community Concierge colleagues. The overall aim of the operation was to provide a highly visible police presence on the Union Canal and adjacent sections of the Water of Leith Walkway, both on land and on water, to prevent and detect crime, re-assure the community and help to provide a safe and friendly environment.

Along with our routine patrolling we aim to continue targeting these issues over the coming months.

  Appeal for information

We rely on your support in providing us with information you may have in relation to crimes committed in your area along with any suspicious activity that may be of concern to you that will also help us detect the offenders and keep the community safe. Over the past few weeks a number of motor vehicles have been damaged in the area of Ashley Drive and surrounding streets. Any information you may have about these incidents or suspicious activity you may have seen in the area can be passed to the police to help us apprehend the persons responsible. You can also do this annonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Local Priorities

SNT’s have been working on the three priorities set by the community on 26th June 2011.

  • Littering by campers at Craiglockhart Del & Craiglockhart Hill
  • Anti-social behaviour at Gardners Crescent and surrounding areas
  • Dog fouling at Harrison Park & Alan Park Bridge
  • High visibility foot patrols have been carried out at Gardners Crescent and surrounding areas and the calls to that area have signifi cantly reduced.

Officers have also conducted regular patrols of Craiglockhart Hill & Craiglockhart Del speaking to campers making them aware of their responsibilities and issuing leaflets regarding responsible camping. We have also increased our patrols in Harrison Park & Alan Park Bridge speaking to local dog walkers providing advice on dog fouling issues.

The next priority setting meeting will place on 26th September 2011, 18:30hrs at Gorgie/Dalry Parish Church. We encourage you to come along and discuss issues that matter to you.

Urinating in the street

Police in Edinburgh are taking a stance on people urinating in the street with a new awareness-raising and enforcement initiative in the Grassmarket.

The ‘Don’t P*ss It Up Against the Wall’ campaign has been developed after concerns were raised by local residents about people leaving bars and clubs and urinating in the nearby closes and streets.

The Safer Neighbourhood Team in the city centre has worked with the local community and identified ways to tackle this ongoing issue, which is of particular concern during the busy Festival season when visitor numbers in the Grassmarket area swell considerably.Key to the campaign was public support which resulted in 900 letters being sent to local businesses and residents asking them to attend public meetings to discuss ways of tackling the problem.

As a result of their views at the meetings the hard-hitting publicity campaign was created which will target customers in pubs and clubs and highlight the issue to visitors to the Grassmarket.

The aims of this marketing campaign are to highlight the negative impact this issue has on the local community and to remind both visitors and residents of Edinburgh about the potential £40 Fixed Penalty Ticket that can be issued by police officers for this offence.

In addition to the posters, beermats and vinyls that will be displayed, the opening times of the coin operated toilets in the area have been extended to 3am and the use of temporary urinals as a longer term solution is being explored.

City Centre Police Inspector Dianne Bruce said “while those enjoying a night out in town might think urinating in the street is harmless, it is a real quality of life concern for local residents and businesses.“

  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)