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ISSUE 33 May 2007

'Working in Partnership for a Safer City'

City Wide

Strenthening Links with the Polish Community

In acknowledgement of the growing number of Polish nationals residing in the Capital, police and support staff are to receive specialist training on Polish issues. The training will focus on culture, expectations, beliefs, language, attitudes towards crime and the police and examine some of the basic differences between Polish and Scots Law.

The information will be presented in a series of seminars to raise awareness of the large number of Polish immigrants living in the City and the diverse cultural differences that may exist between them and Scottish people. Leaflets have also been produced in Polish explaining the role of the police and providing basic information on the law - including information about driving in the United Kingdom.
Chief Superintendent George Simpson, Divisional Commander.

Hot Topics

Nipping Garden Crime in the Bud

Spring is upon us and many of you will be dusting down the lawnmower and garden tools in the hope of producing an award-winning garden. Unfortunately, at this time of year, break-ins to garden sheds and thefts from gardens become more common. Many people store bicycles, power tools and expensive gardening equipment in sheds, making them an attractive target for criminals. These criminals consider this type of crime to be low risk, as there is no need to force entry to your home. However, there is much that can be done to outsmart garden thieves.
  • Use a good quality closed shackle padlock on your shed door - the hasp should be attached using coach bolts rather than screws
  • You should keep valuable items in the house - if they must stay in the shed, chain and lock them up
  • Loop a bike lock through the handles of garden forks, spades, etc. - these items can be used as tools to force entry to your home
  • Security mark your bicycles, lawnmowers, toolboxes and garden furniture by engraving, painting or utilising a security marker pen
  • Fit an internal wire mesh grille to protect your shed window
  • Install security lighting to illuminate your garden.
  • Fit a shed alarm - they can be purchased for a few pounds from DIY retailers

Ward 47 Marchmont

Welcome to the March edition of my monthly newsletter. For anyone who doesn’t already know me my name is Bruce Burt, and I am your Community Beat Officer based at St Leonard’s Police Station.

Motor Bike Madness
At 15:30hrs on Tuesday 1st May a resident in Warrender Park Terrace telephoned the police after he saw two persons on an off road motor cycle racing up and down on the pavement.

The caller stated that the motorbike did not have a registration plate on it and neither the rider of the bike or the pillion passenger had a crash helmet on.

The rider of the bike was described as 19-20 years of age with dark hair light brown T-shirt and dark trousers with white trainers with blue stripes on them. The pillion passenger is described as female aged 19-20 years with long red hair with a navy blue cardigan and black leggings.

This could have been a potentially serious incident if someone was knocked down on the pavement. At that time of the day there would have been numerous members of the public using the pavement and it is only by a small miracle that no one was hurt.

Do you recognise either of the descriptions of the people responsible or did you witness the event. I want to hear from anyone who has information, which may lead the police to the culprits. Your help would be appreciated.

Partially Naked Male
At 02:00hrs on Saturday 21st April a resident in Warrender Park Terrace telephoned the police after seeing a male wearing only a pair of boxer shorts, following a female in Warrender Park Terrace. The male appeared to grabbing at the females clothing and the female was shouting at the male to leave her alone. It is uncertain at this point whether the male and female were known to each other.

The male and female were last seen walking down the middle of the road in Warrender Park Terrace heading towards Marchmont Road.

The male is described as aged between 18-24 years and wearing a pair of boxer shorts. The female is described as also aged 18-24 years of age wearing possibly a light coloured jacket and skirt.

Did you see this incident? Can you add anything to the descriptions already given or better still do you know or who either of the persons are. I would like to trace both persons and in particular the female to make sure everything is all right.

Clutter in Common Stairs
Do you live in a flat where the common stair appears to have bikes abandoned. Would you like to have them removed but don’t know how to go about it.

The Bike Station is a community project that accepts donated bikes from members of the public and recycles them for use by priority groups of people such as the long term unemployed, those who have been homeless and those with mental health problems. A proportion of renovated bikes are sold to raise funds. In addition we work with schools, groups and individuals to encourage more people to cycle - more often.

If you have abandoned bikes cluttering up your common stair why not give the Bike Station a call on 0131 668 1996. They might be able to offer you a solution to your clutter. Their workshops are at 250 Causewayside, Edinburgh and they have an excellent website at

Incidents Reported to the Police
During the month there were 238 incidents logged by the police in respect of your ward. Of these 17 had been graded 1, i.e. emergencies; 57 Graded 2 i.e. non emergencies but should be responded to within one hour. The remainder were more routine and in the main dealt with by the local Community Beat Officer or patrol officers.

Sometimes I speak to local residents who have told me that they had seen something but didn’t want to bother the police. I would like to tell all readers that we need your ears and eyes on the street to let us know what is going on, and if you see something you think is suspicious telephone 0131 662 5000 to let us know.

Useful Numbers

  And Finally...

PC Bruce Burt
Tel: 0131 662 5000

Inspector Tom Galbraith

Community Safety Department
0131 221 2050 / 2100
  This month is the start of our Neighbourhood Tasking and Co-ordinating Group meetings. These are multi-agency meetings which are run with various council departments as well as Police to resolve any potential issues in our Police area. These meetings will be at the forefront of Policing in your area.