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A Division

Community and Neighbourhood Watch News

ISSUE 48 August 2008

'Work With Us'

City Wide

Divisional Commanders Message

Lothian and Borders Police ‘A’ Division are backing a new initiative launched on Tuesday 29th July that aims to reduce antisocial behaviour and alcohol related crime by encouraging Edinburgh’s off-sales premises to share information with each other.

The Safer Off-Sales Scheme aims to ensure a safe and secure environment for people to enjoy Edinburgh’s day and night time economy. Off-sales premises will be able to share information on customers they have banned from their premises. Once a member has banned an individual they will be banned from all participating premises.

I am sure this scheme will bring great benefits to the way in which we police the city of Edinburgh and hope it will encourage more responsible drinking across all ages.

Chief Superintendent Colin Campbell, Divisional Commander.

Hot Topics

Pedal cycles

Pedal cycles remain a popular mode of transport in Edinburgh, good for exercise and easy for getting around the city - very popular with bike thieves.
Bikes can cost anything between £100 and £3000, or even more. It is therefore important that you take steps to reduce the chances of your bike being stolen.
  • When purchasing your bike spend at least 10% of the value of the bike on cycle security measures; you get what you pay for.
  • “Sold Secure” is an accreditation scheme for locks. They perform a number of tests on locks, including attack tests. The award is granted according to how many tests the lock withstands, Bronze, Silver or Gold. A Gold award does not mean the lock is impenetrable; just that it withstood all that Sold Secure threw at it in the allocated time.
  • Many cheaper locks may look the part, but you can guarantee cycle thieves know what they are about.
  • Home or away; lock your bike to something immovable or solid, no matter how short the period you are leaving your bike for. Even if the bike is visible from where you are, lock it –a person cycling away is usually faster than the person running after them.
  • Easily removed components such as lights, computers, saddles etc – take them with you and secure ‘quick release’ wheels.
For further bike security information visit

Local News

Beat SM46

This is the August edition of your monthly newsletter, reviewing the results of crime trends during July in respect of your ward.

In July 76 crimes were reported in your ward (representing a decrease from May and June, when 88 crimes were reported during each month).

During July, 4 housebreakings were reported to Police in SM46 beat. This rate is reasonably consistent with the previous two months, during which 6 and 4 break-ins were reported, and it compares favourably with the summer period in 2007, when a considerably higher rate of house-breakings were occurring in the area.

The break-ins in July occurred at the following locations:
  • Greenhill Gardens
  • Leven Street
  • Marchmont Road
  • Quartermile building site
These include two incidents in which shop windows were smashed and bottles of alcohol were grabbed from the window display.

No vehicles were stolen during July in SM46 beat, although there was one attemptedtheft in Lauderdale Street, in which the soft top of a convertible car was slashed and the cowling forced off.

Three vehicles were broken into during July and various low-value items stolen from within (similar to June, in which 3 vehicleswere also broken into). In July this occurred at the following locations:
  • Arden Street
  • Valleyfield Street
  • Lauriston Gardens
Please try to avoid leaving items on display in your vehicle when parked.

In my May newsletter I reported a spate of vehicle vandalisms, however the rate of this type of offence has decreased since that time, with 1 being reported in June, and 3 in July at:
  • Spottiswoode Street
  • Valleyfield Street
  • Warrender Park Road
In one case, a van was spray painted with graffiti. Unfortunately, there is a widespread ‘trend’ for vans to be targeted by graffiti-taggers, although we have found that taggers favour plain-coloured vans which provide a blank canvas, as opposed to vans branded with company details.

Two other cars had their numberplates stolen during July, in Thirlestane Road and Warrender Park Terrace. The intent behind these thefts is unclear, however enquiries will continue into these incidents.

Pedal cycle theft is traditionally a relatively frequent crime type in this part of the city, particularly from communual stairwells and from bick racks outside the nearby University premises. In July, 8 pedal cycles were reported stolen in the SM46 beat (compare with 3 stolen during June). These thefts occurred at:
  • Leven Terrace
  • Marchmont Road
  • Warrender Park Crescent (3)
  • Warrender Park Road
  • Warrender Park Terrace (2)
We had some good captures and were able to solve one of these thefts, as well as another case in which a male was trying to sell a bicycle that had been stolen locally, however it is generally difficult for the Police to prevent this crime type. Our best defence is to continue offering the public advice about providing better security for their bicycles. Such advice will be offered to the influx of new students expected to arrive in Edinburgh later this month by Police officers who will be present during freshers’ weekend at Pollock Halls.

In July we received reports of two distraction-type thefts in SM46 beat.

In one case, a member of the public was sitting on a bench on Melville Drive and was approached by a suspect on foot. The suspect asked for a light for his cigarette and it is believed his accomplice approached the bench from behind and stole a purse from the complainer’s handbag which she was distracted.

One incident took place in a charity shop, in which a female had a purse stolen from her bag by a suspect who appeared to bump into her. Please be aware of who is around you and ensure you guard your belongings when out and about, as unfortunately there are a few unscrupulous people who will readily pounce on any opportunity to deprive you of your valuables.

During July, we charged a male with possession of cannabis in the Meadows.

If you have any information to offer about local drug-use/drug-dealing, please do contact me (see back page for contact details) or phone the ‘Crimestoppers’ number on 0800-555-111 to report your suspicions.

On the 2nd and the 22nd of July, a series of robberies were reported in the Meadows and Bruntsfield Links, but I’m pleased to say that the culprits have all been traced and charged.

On the 2nd of July, 2 night-time muggings were carried out by 2 males at Middle Meadow Walk. The males were found and subsequently charged with 2 counts of robbery as well as possession of an offensive weapon.

On the afternoon of the 22nd of July, another lone male was responsible for 2 robberies, an attempted theft and an assault on Bruntsfield Links. Happily, we were again able to catch the male responsible and he has been reported to the Procurator Fiscal for these 4 charges.

There were additionally 8 minor assaults reported to Police in SM46 beat in July, and 6 of these have been solved. These included 2 domestic assaults and another incident in which an on-duty parking attendant was punched.

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  And Finally...

Community Beat Officer for Marchmont

PC 5801A Lindsey Thomson


Inspector Richard Horan

Force Communications Centre
(For 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
  Across the south of Edinburgh there continues to be a number of opportunist crimes. Perhaps the most prevalent is theft of property from inside cars.

Please remember not only to lock your car, but to remove valuables. GPS units, iPods, loose coins and even packets of cigarettes could be all the invitation someone needs to break into your car.

Remember the glovebox is the obvious place any criminal will look for a GPS if they see the docking cradle stuck to your windscreen.

Don’t give them that opportunity, either remove the cradle, or take the unit inside the house with you.

Richard Horan