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A Division

Community and Neighbourhood Watch News

ISSUE 52 December 2008

'Work With Us'

City Wide

Divisional Commanders Message

The Force Excellence Awards took place last month at Murrayfield Stadium, and I was very pleased to attend this event particularly as A Division received much recognition for our community work, in particular the Neighbourhood Action Units and the Leith Outdoor Space Partnership. It’s encouraging to see so much good work going on across the city, and highlights the fact the policing in Edinburgh isn’t only about catching criminals, but also about improving quality of life for communities. My thanks and congratulations to all who took part for all their hard work.

November brought with it the annual fireworks celebrations which is a fun event for many however a minority are intent on spoiling the occasion for everyone else. Our officers however responded to calls swiftly, particularly in support of our Fire and Rescue colleagues, and worked extremely hard to keep anti-social behaviour to a minimum.

The Division is currently busy launching our Winter Policing Initiatives across the city. A range of operations are ongoing to target crimes such as shoplifting, anti-social behaviour and drink related violence. A Division Officers are dedicated to making sure all of the people in Edinburgh at this time of year are kept as safe as possible and that people are allowed to enjoy themselves throughout the festive period.

Finally, may I take this opportunity to wish all of you a very happy and peaceful Christmas and festive period, and a very good New Year.

Chief Superintendent Colin Campbell, Divisional Commander.

Hot Topics

All That Glitters ……

May not be gold but it usually catches someone’s eye…try not to make it the thief’s. The ‘Festive’ season is with us once again when most people are busy, decorating the house, shopping and wrapping presents …… or watching where you put your purse or wallet, checking to see what’s been left on display in the back of the car or below the ‘christmas’ tree……!

Don’t let a thief ruin your Christmas, follow these simple tips

Out Shopping
  • Stay alert in crowded shops and streets and be wary of pickpockets.
  • Be careful with your wallet or purse –keep it close to your body and don’t carry too much cash and look after bank and credit cards.
  • If using your car; always park in a well-lit area, lock all the doors, windows and boot; and do not leave any presents or other valuables on view.
At Home
  • At home or out; remember to lock the doors and windows and if you have an intruder alarm – use it.
  • If you go out for the evening, make it look like someone is at home – leave the lights and the radio on – use a timer switch.
  • Don’t leave your curtains open so anyone can see your decorations - this makes it easy for thieves to look in to your house.
  • If you are on holiday over the ‘Festive’ season, put your lights on a timer and ask a trusted neighbour to look after the house removing unopened mail from behind the letterbox.

Local News

Beat SM46

Welcome to the December 2008 Newsletter for the Marchmont and Meadows area.
I hope this helps keep you in the picture with regard to the current local policing issues in your area.

I have very recently taken up the role at your new Community Beat Officer and look forward to working with you. I would be keen to find out what you would like to read about in future Newsletters so please feel free to contact me using the contact details below.

PC4601A Yocksan Bell

In November 56 crimes were reported in your ward, which is well below the monthly average of 67.

During October 6 premises were broken into in our area, 3 to business premises and 3 to domestic dwellings as follows:
  • Thirlestane Road (Domestic)
  • Roseneath Place (Domestic)
  • Warrander Park Road (Domestic)
  • Meadows (Business)
  • Marchmont Road (Business)
  • Lauriston Place (Business)
All of these crimes are currently under investegation by our Divisional Crime Unit.
Always secure your house door using ALL available locks. NEVER just on the Yale. Report all suspicious activity to Police and securely lock all personal possessions including laddres and other items which may serve as aides to the housebreaker.

In November we received 11 reports of stolen pedal cycles in the area from the following locations:
  • Alvanley Terrace
  • Roseneath Terrace
  • Warrender Park Road
  • Marchmont Road
  • Warrender Park Terrace
  • Marchmont Crescent
  • Spottiswoode Street (2)
  • Thirlstane Road
This issue is an ongoing one and is being closely looked at by Police. There is an ongoing initiative being run to help combat this problem.

Here is some advice to help you reduce your chances of becoming a victim of bike theft:
  • Secure your bike to a bike rack or other immovable object in a busy well lit area. Thieves don’t like to be watched whilst at work!
  • Use a Gold rated "Soldsecure" endorsed Padlock & Chain or "D" Lock.
  • Use two different kinds of lock (i.e. one Padlock & Chain together with a “D” Lock). This makes it much more difficult for the thief by increasing the number of tools required for the job.
  • Remove valuable components such as lights, saddles and saddle packs.
  • Change your routine; don’t lock your bike in the same way or same place so thieves can’t come back prepared
  • Consider tagging your cycle. This can cost as little as £5.95 with
One vehicle was stolen from the during October from
  • Spottiswoode Road
The message, as always, is be vigilant and report anyone acting suspiciously around parked vehicles especially during the night!

One car was broken into on Greenhill Place. An MP3 player and a Satelite Navigation system were stolen by 3 male suspects. This accured at 0330 hours.

Please be aware of this and don’t leave any valuables on display within your vehicles. It’s an open invitation to oportunist theives.

If you follow the following advice we can help to reduce the risk of car crime in our area!
  • Fit an electronic engine immobiliser
  • Get an alarm fitted
  • Fit a steering wheel lock
  • When at home, keep your car keys out of view in a safe place. Place them in a drawer away from doors, windows or the letterbox
  • Do not leave anything in your car that may tempt thieves. Especially Sat Nav systems & CD/MP3 radio players.
During the month there were 122 incidents logged by the police in the Marchmont and Meadows area. Of these 13 had been Graded 1, i.e. emergencies that require immediate response.

53 were Graded 2 i.e. non-emergencies, but should be responded to within one hour. The remainder were more routine and largely dealt with by the local Community Beat Officer or may not need a police response.

Police received reports of 4 minor assaults in the area during November. I am pleased to say that we have managed to solve 3 of these, which were related to incidents of domestic abuse, with the other being of a minor nature.

There was also a complaint of an Assault and robbery within Middle Meadow walk. A male has now been arrested for this incident.

Note that we will be increasing our patrols in the area around the Meadows on the run-up to Christmas, specifically to target the problem of disorder, violence and under-age drinking in the area.

There was an increase on October’s number with 11 vehicle vandalisms being reported in the area in November. 5 of these occurred at the same time on Spottiswoode Street.
This type of mindless vandalism is very difficult to solve. Please call us if you witness any of this type of crime.

We have two main initiatives running throughout December.
Operation Arctic involves high visibility foot patrols in shopping areas including Bruntsfield and Morningside.
Operation Aura will tackle underage drinking and the related antisocial behaviour. This will involve dedicated patrols throughout South Edinburgh and will include the Marchmont and Meadows areas. Although the operations are in their early stages we have had positive feedback so far from local residents and businesses.

Seasons Greetings!

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  And Finally...

Community Beat Officer for Marchmont

PC 4601A Yocksan Bell

St Leonards Station Inspector
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

Crimestoppers (confidential)
0800 555 111