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A Division News January 2011

'with you for you'

  Divisional Commanders Message

The huge range of winter initiatives that have been taking place across the City over the festive period have come to an end, and I am encouraged by the results. All of our officers and staff have worked hard to ensure a highly visible presence throughout and crime prevention messages have helped keep crime levels low throughout the city. The adverse weather conditions throughout December had an impact on our resources and our response capabilities, however we strived to keep a policing service across the city, and in particular within communities.

Figures released this month show that Edinburgh has seen a drop in a number of crimes that blight communities. Our city wide vandalism figures are down 23 percent compared to this time last year, domestic housebreakings are down 18 percent, and incidents of recorded antisocial behaviour are down 8 percent. These are encouraging statistics to start 2011 with, however we will continue to take a proactive approach to reduce these figures even further in the coming year.

For more detailed statistics relating to your area please refer to the Measuring Our Performance document available on our website at

Chief Superintendent Gill Imery, 'A' Divisional Commander.

Theft Of Your Christmas Presents

I’m sure many of you were lucky enough to get some shiny new gadgets like mobile phones, laptops, MP3 players and satellite navigation systems for Christmas – all favourites for thieves! They are most vulnerable when on view in your car so don’t leave luggage or valuables on display. Even an old coat or cigarette packet can be a temptation for someone to smash and grab. Car thieves steal first and think about value later.

Take valuables with you or lock them in the boot out of sight. Don’t be tempted to hide things under the seats or leave them in the glove box.

Satellite Navigation systems are highly sought after and criminals look for the sucker mark that is left on the inside of the windscreen when it is removed, then break in on the off chance that you’ve hidden the unit in the car. Clean the tell tale mark and take your sat nav with you.

  Local Operation and initiatives

Anti Social Behaviour

Fountainbridge/Craiglockhart Safer Neighbourhood officers carried out a Christmas Initiative within the ward during the month of December, which is still ongoing.

We focused our efforts on visiting Licensed premises in the area providing high visibility patrols to tackle and prevent antisocial behaviour in the area and provide re-assurance to the community and licensees alike. Posters were also displayed within the premises highlighting the dangers and consequences of drink – driving.

During this initiative we have received positive feedback from the community and the licensees. Part of the initiative was also to target premises in the area known to take possession of stolen property. One male was arrested in Dundee Street by officers, attempting to sell property he had stolen earlier in the day from a vehicle in the Wester Hailes area.

Severe Weather Conditions

During the month of December we experienced severe weather conditions.

One of the major consequences of this was the freezing over of the Union Canal, which brought specific dangers for children playing on the ice.

During this period a thirteen-year-old boy fell through the ice, however fortunately didn’t suffer any serious injury.

Safer Neighbourhood officers working along with City of Edinburgh Council Environmental Wardens carried out regular foot patrols of the canal highlighting the dangers to persons found playing and skating on the canal. In some instances children were taken home and the dangers highlighted to their parents.

Hopefully our efforts have prevented further incidents that may have had more serious consequences.

  Appeal for information

As part of the festive initiative, High Visibility patrols were undertaken in car parks in the ward area and details of vehicles seen with goods on show were noted and crime prevention letters sent to the owners. To date there has been approximately 200 letters sent and positive feedback has been received from some owners who had received letters.

Safer Neighbourhood Officers responded to a call after an 86 year old woman had fallen in her home. She was discovered shouting for help after a neighbour had attended to clear her pathways of snow. The woman had been stranded for approximately 30 hours without access to food or water. After being taken to hospital it was established she had no serious injuries and is expected to make a full recovery.

Police would like to thank all those involved and encourage the public to make extra checks on the elderly and vulnerable over the winter period.

Lipa’s Story

Lothian and Borders Police has launched an educational DVD package to teach young people about the effects of Hate Crime – using first hand stories in a fictional setting.

‘Lipa’s Story’ will be distributed to every secondary school in the Edinburgh area. A young Asian girl, Lipa, tells the viewer about the abuse she and her family suffer, and the effect this has on their outlook and confidence. Although the characters and setting is fictional, every event described in the film is based on fact.

Audrey Fairgrieve, Police Educational Liaison Officer, said:
“We did a lot of research before creating the package, and the thing that struck us was a lot of kids genuinely didn’t realise what Hate Crime was, and that abuse of this type was breaking the law.”

Finally, As always, the annual city centre Hogmanay celebrations attracted thousands of visitors to Edinburgh.

Our significant policing operation helped to ensure that the event passed off peacefully and safely, with a very small number of arrests. Thank you to everyone who attended and helped make it an enjoyable and memorable evening.

  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)