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ISSUE 40 December 2007

'Working in Partnership for a Safer City'

City Wide

Festive Focus

Edinburgh is once again in the spotlight as our world famous Christmas and Hogmanay events and attractions get underway. Over the festive period we will have additional officers on duty to provide reassurance, assistance and tackle antisocial behaviour in the city centre. We will also be working closely with our partners in the council, public transport and the retail trade to help you enjoy the many seasonal events and attractions safely.

Our officers will be patrolling alongside staff from the Edinburgh Licensing Standards Authority to tackle illegal alcohol sales. Police and bus route managers will do ‘Gateway Checks’ on buses coming into town to prevent young people bringing alcohol and weapons into the centre.

This year two additional Special Constables who were recruited through an initiative with the City Centre Partnership will join us. They will be released from their normal duties working in stores in the city centre to join full time officers on targeted patrols.

Edinburgh is a safe city to live in and visit and I hope you have a merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

Chief Superintendent George Simpson, Divisional Commander.

Hot Topics

Christmas Cheer not Festive Fear

To make sure you get the most out of the festive season we would like to give you the following advice:
  • Enjoy the party season, but every time you go out always let someone know where you are going and roughly when you will be back. (Remember to contact them if your plans change!)
  • If using a cash machine make sure no one is close enough to see your PIN number and make sure you put your money away safely when still facing the machine.
  • Look after your mobile phone and mp3 player etc. Talking on your phone or listening to music through earphones, makes you more of a target, as you will not be aware of a potential attacker. Try and stay aware of what is going on around you.
  • Criminals don’t want to risk being seen or caught, always stick to busy well-lit routes especially at night to make sure you stay safe.
  • When travelling by bus, remember you are much safer sitting downstairs beside the driver.
Remember Edinburgh is a safe city so please follow this advice and make sure your Christmas is one to remember for all the right reasons.

Local News

Beat SM46

This is the December edition of your monthly newsletter.

There were 63 reported crimes in respect of your ward for the month of November 2007 (representing a significant decrease from the previous month's 85 crimes).

There were 6 (actual and attempted) housebreakings in the area in November, at the following locations:

Brougham Place, Bruntsfield Crescent, Drumdryan Street, Home Street, Spottiswood Road, Warrender Park Road.

These housebreaking figures show a significant downward trend when compared to the previous two months (in October 8 housebreakings were reported, and in September 21 were reported).

In two recent housebreakings into top floor tenement flats, entry was most unusually gained first via attic hatches located in the communal stairways and then through ceiling hatches into the flats. To combat this, I would advise anyone who has such a ceiling hatch inside their flat to keep it locked when not is use, if possible.

There were no thefts or attempted thefts of motor vehicles in our area during November. This crime type therefore also shows a downward trend, when compared to 7 car thefts reported in September and 2 in October.

However, 2 cars were broken into during November, at Warrender Park Road and Spottiswood Street. These occurred on separate dates and are not necessarily related, but enquiries are continuing into these.

There were 7 pedal cycles stolen during November, which represents a significant decrease from October, when 17 were reported.

Over the last few weeks we have been running Operation Adapt in the area, which aims to reduce pedal cycle theft. Initially this began as a campaign to educate and encourage cyclists to provide better security for their bicycles. However, the latest phase of the operation has involved the use of ‘plain clothes’ officers patrolling the known hotspots in an attempt to catch the thieves in action. More news on this soon!

There were 6 assaults reported in the area during November (compare to 9 reported in October, and 9 in September). These were mostly minor assaults and half can be attributed to youth disorder.

We are currently undertaking Operation Aura in our area to tackle youth disorder – please read on to find out more about this!

The number of recorded offences involving controlled drugs has remained relatively low in this beat area. During November one person was found in possession of controlled drugs, on Lauriston Place, and has been reported to the Procurator Fiscal.

There were 5 cars vandalised in our area during November at:

Arden Street, Glengyle Terrace, Lonsdale Terrace, Spottiswood Road, Valleyfield Street.

(Compare with 3 vandalised in October and 10 vandalised in September). These crimes were committed on various dates and do not suggest any obvious pattern.

There were 5 reported incidents of graffiti in our area in November (compare with 5 in October and 8 in September). Due to recent breakthroughs by our officer in identifying two of the local graffiti “taggers”, we have been able to solve 4 of the November incidents and charge the relevant individuals with vandalism.

There were 2 other miscellaneous vandalisms reported during November.

Vehicle stops by our officers resulted in 3 road traffic offences being detected on Lauriston Place during November.

Our officers have also been stopping any cyclists whom they have seen riding their bicycles in the dark without lights, or otherwise cycling dangerously, to issue them with warnings or, in some cases, fixed penalties. Our ultimate aim, of course, is to try and ensure the safety of all road users.

Operation Aura is currently underway to target underage drinking, alcohol-fuelled violence and anti-social behaviour, and is running daily from the 3rd of December until the 3rd of February as part of the national ‘Safer Scotland’ campaign. There are many strands to this Operation, but mainly we have dedicated extra foot patrols to prevent and detect this type of behaviour around the Meadows and Bruntsfield, and are visiting shops that have an off-sales licence with the aim of stopping them selling alcohol to youngsters. We know that youths sometimes persuade other older people to buy alcohol for them, so we will be specifically watching for this type of activity over the next few weeks. It is, of course, an offence for juveniles to buy alcohol for themselves, but it is also an offence for anyone else to buy or attempt to buy alcohol for a juvenile. Shop staff also commit an offence when they sell such, and we are attempting to educate all parties concerned regarding the consequences of this.

Useful Numbers

  And Finally...

Community Beat Officer for Marchmont
PC 5801A Lindsey Thomson

Inspector Tom Galbraith

Force Communications Centre
(For reporting non-emergency crimes or other disorder)
Tel: 0131 311 3131

St Leonards Police Station
Tel: 0131 662 5000

Community Safety Department
Tel: 0131 221 2050 / 2100

Youth Action Team
Carolyn McGhee
Tel: 0131 529 5151
  I will finish by giving you some news of our other operations, which we have been running over the last month.

We have recently completed Operation Allegro, which ran for 4 weeks, with dedicated foot patrols designed to deter and detect violence on our streets. We focused our attention in the Newington and Meadows area during this.

Retailers and Christmas shoppers may be interested to know that we are also running our annual Operation Arctic. This was launched on the 7th of December, using high-visibility foot patrols to target and deter shoplifting activity on the run-up to Christmas. This has been taking place around Morningside as well as in other parts of the city outside of SM46 beat.

On that note, I would like to wish all my readers the very best over the holiday season and I look forward to seeing you all when I’m out and about in the New Year.

PC 5801A Lindsey Thomson
Community Beat Officer
Beat SM46
Marchmont & the Meadows