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ISSUE 38 October 2007

'Working in Partnership for a Safer City'

City Wide


I think that we would all agree that we would struggle without our cars. They get us to work, they hold all of the shopping after the weekly supermarket trip, and they take us on holiday and help us to visit our family and friends. However, our mechanical friend can very easily become a mechanical killer when driven by the irresponsible and the reckless.

The last few weeks has seen two males being sentenced to over ten years a piece after both were found guilty, in separate cases, of culpable homicide when their driving resulted in the deaths of two children. Such selfish and reckless behaviour changes the lives of many forever. It also acts as a stark reminder to us all that every vehicle that is driven must be respected as the potential killer that it is.

Drug and drink driving is not an option and will be dealt with in the most severe sense by Police. Speeding and carelessness will not be tolerated either.

What chances have our young drivers when the example that more experienced drivers set for them is blatant disregard for the most basic of Road Traffic Legislation.

Chief Superintendent George Simpson, Divisional Commander.

Hot Topics

Stay Safe this Bonfire Night
Remember, Remember the 5th of November! Across the country, people will celebrate Bonfire Night with colourful and exciting firework displays. If you do have a firework party at home, take care and always follow the Firework Code:

The Firework Code
  • Don’t drink alcohol if setting off fireworks
  • Keep fireworks in a closed box
  • Follow the instructions on each firework
  • Light them at arms length using a taper
  • Stand well back
  • Don’t return to a firework that has been lit
  • Never put fireworks in your pocket or throw them
  • Always supervise children around fireworks
  • Light sparklers one at a time and wear gloves
  • Never give sparklers to children under five
  • Keep pets indoors
  • Don’t set off noisy fireworks at night, and never after 11pm
You can download copies of the code in English, Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi, Bengali and Gujarati at

Local News
This is the October edition of your monthly newsletter.

There were 82 reported crimes in respect of your ward for the month of September 2007 (representing a very slight increase on the previous month’s 76 crimes).

There were 13 housebreakings and 8 attempted housebreakings in the area in September. This is fairly consistent with last month’s figures. 5 of these crimes have already been solved, and enquiries are still being made into the others. The vast majority of the properties broken into were flats located off common stairs, at the following locations:

Drumdryan Street (2), Glen Street, Lauriston Place, Lauriston Gardens, Marchmont Crescent (2), Marchmont Road (2), Roseneath Place (2), Roseneath Terrace (2), Spottiswoode Street (3), Valleyfield Street (2), Warrender Park Road (3).

There were 5 thefts of motor vehicles and 2 attempted thefts in the area during September at the following locations:

Greenhill Place, Panmure Place, Spottiswoode Street, Tarvit Street (2), Warrender Park Crescent, Warrender Park Terrace.

The thefts included 3 scooters, which unfortunately are all too often targeted by thieves who use bolt cutters or similar equipment to cut through security chains and cables. The good news is that 5 out of the total 7 of these crimes have been solved.

I am happy to report that no vehicles in the area were broken into during September. However, in one instance a vehicle had been left insecure in Lauriston Place, and the tax disk was stolen from within it - which goes to show that some people will take anything!

5 pedal cycles were stolen from the area in September, at:

Leven Street (2), Meadow Place, Marchmont Crescent

In most cases the bicycles were chained to railings inside communal stairs, and in one other case the bicycle was locked to an external fence. In every case the security chain or cable was simply cut through. My colleagues and I have recently been undertaking an education campaign to encourage people to provide better security for their bicycles.

There were 2 shoplifting incidents and 6 other general thefts in the area during September. They include a bagsnatch and a robbery which took place within the Meadows on the 5th and 17th of September respectively. These thefts do not form a pattern and do not appear to be linked, as they occurred in widely varying circumstances.

9 assaults were reported in the area during September at:

Chalmers Street (2), Lauriston Place, Brougham Place, Marchmont Cres, Roseneath Terr, Middle Meadow Walk, Warrender Park Road.

Other than was one slightly more serious assault in Broughman Place in the early hours of the 30th of September, the assaults were all minor in nature, and included 2 fights between schoolchildren. 4 out of 9 of these crimes have already been solved.

10 motor vehicles were vandalised in September. About half of these had been subject to graffiti (including 3 transit vans in Marchmont). Other reported damage included scratches, dents and broken wing mirrors.

There were 9 other reported vandalisms to property in the area (including 3 of graffiti).

Police received 12 reports from the public about youth disorder in the area during September. The locations of the disorder were Bruntsfield Links and the Meadows, including the streets immediately flanking these.

I would like to encourage you all to telephone Police if you see youths causing a disturbance, vandalising property, urinating in gardens or underage drinking. I can’t promise that Police will always be able to attend straight away, as this depends on other ongoing Police incidents which might take priority, but even if we can’t it is important that we know every time this is happening. I am trying to assess the patterns of youth disorder in the Meadows/Bruntsfield Links with a view to pursuing a partnership approach to tackle it. Additionally, I am liaising with my colleagues to try and supply a greater Police presence at the key locations at the anticipated times of disorder.

Four breaches of the peace in September were reported in Chalmers Street, Marchmont Crescent, Roseneath Terrace and Warrender Park Road. All were minor in nature and 2 have been solved.

Vehicle stops by our officers resulted in the discovery of a drink-driver on Leven Terrace, and another person driving without a licenceor insurance on Marchmont Road. Both have been reported to the Procurator Fiscal.

During September there were 210 incidents logged by the police in respect of your ward (which compares favourably with 243 the previous month). Of these 243, only 11 were ‘Grade 1’ (i.e. emergencies) and 48 were ‘Grade 2’ (i.e. not emergencies but requiring police response within one hour). The remainder were dealt with by the Community Beat Officer or patrol officers.

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  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
  In the South Police Neighbourhood Area, and throughout the city as a whole, there has been a rise in the number of thefts of Satellite Navigation systems from motor vehicles that have been left on open display.

The rise in popularity of these sat-nav systems have made them a popular choice for us the normal public but also to the opportunist thief. By taking simple measures like taking them out of the car when you secure your car you can deter the thief. In general terms no items should be left on display within your vehicle as this makes the car a target.