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A Division News February 2011

'with you for you'

  Divisional Commanders Message

Planning has begun for another busy schedule of events this year. Our planning department is already looking ahead to a number of high profile sporting fixtures and Royal Visits, alongside Armed Forces Day, and the State Opening of Parliament.

The Police Board has approved our budget for the upcoming year and it is positive news that our officer numbers are being maintained, ensuring we can fulfil our commitment to a consistently high level of service and response across Edinburgh.

In August 2010 Lothian and Borders Police launched a ‘public perception’ survey to find out the views from local communities on policing and community safety.

The results of this survey are now being analysed and will be available down to Ward level in Edinburgh, allowing us to shape our policing efforts within the capital’s communities in the coming months and years. Our Safer Neighbourhood Teams are committed to establishing the priorities of local people and continually working to address concerns and shape our policing activity.

A full version of the survey is due to be published on our Force website in the coming weeks.

Chief Superintendent Gill Imery, 'A' Divisional Commander.


Housebreaking - Don’t Become A Victim

Before leaving your home make sure all windows are properly secured and importantly any window locks fitted are used. Good window locks prevent the window frame from being opened and require the housebreaker to remove all window glass before they would consider climbing through for fear of cutting themselves. Almost every housebreaker is a repeat offender whose DNA is held by the Police and the tiniest blood trace left behind will lead us directly to them. As a result most will not consider climbing through a broken window.

Ensure that you don’t leave the window lock key where it can be easily reached by the housebreaker or they will simply reach the key through the broken window and use it to open the window frame to gain access.

Do not leave tilt & turn or hopper windows slightly open, even if locked in position as it is easy to lever them open.


  Local Operation and initiatives

High Visibility Patrols

Safer Neighbourhood Team officers undertook a joint initiative with Edinburgh City Council during January 2011. This focused on youth disorder that was primarily affecting a number of business premises on Gorgie Road.

Using a mobile CCTV van and high visibility patrols police spent several weeks engaging with youths and reassuring the local community. Subsequently there was a significant drop in the number of calls to the local area.

As a direct result of the initiative two arrests were made. Eight youths received joint home visits carried out by Safer Neighbourhood Team officers and City of Edinburgh Council Community Safety Team staff to discuss ongoing behavioural issues with parents. Police will continue to work with local schools and youth groups to ensure a cohesive approach in an effort to reduce youth disorder and anti social behaviour.

Police will continue to monitor this situation over the coming months.


Anti-Social Behaviour

Police responded to concerns raised by the occupants of Lothian House regarding a gang of youths who had gained access to the premises and were using the swimming pool. The youths were also intimidating residents due to their disruptive behaviour.

Safer Neighbourhood Team officers identified failings in the security of the premises. By working with property management and a crime prevention officer, steps were taken to prevent the youths gaining further access.

A letter drop will be carried out to all residents reminding them of their own responsibilities for the security of the premises.

Since the involvement of police, no further calls have been received to the property and we hope this continues to be the case.


  Appeal for information

Police responded to concerns raised by the occupants of Lothian House regarding a gang of youths who had gained access to the premises and were using the swimming pool. The youths were also intimidating residents due to their disruptive behaviour.

Safer Neighbourhood Team officers identified failings in the security of the premises. By working with property management and a crime prevention officer, steps were taken to prevent the youths gaining further access.

A letter drop will be carried out to all residents reminding them of their own responsibilities for the security of the premises.

Since the involvement of police, no further calls have been received to the property and we hope this continues to be the case.


Local Priorities

Over the coming month Safer Neighbourhood Team officers will be undertaking an initiative targeting vandalism.

Two dedicated officers will be overseeing the investigation of all vandalisms in an effort to discover crime patterns and trace offenders.

Local Safer Neighbourhood Officers will regularly be attending at Destiny Church Youth Group and Slateford Green Youth Group over the coming months.

Police are committed to working with local youngsters to help build positive relationships that benefit both parties.

One aim of the Police Safer Neighbourhood Team is to contribute towards creating a safer community for us all to live and work in.

One way to achieve this is for the local community to inform the police of their issues and concerns. The police intend to review these issues and take three on as a priority for action each month. The issues will be discussed and the priorities set at the South West Community Safety Sub Group.

The next meeting is scheduled to take place on 21st March 2011.

Full details of the meeting will be distributed in due course.If you have an issue you want to raise you can either attend the meeting in person or e-mail your concern to -
adivsntfountainbridgecraiglockhart@lbp.pnn.police.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)