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Police Newsletter Beat SM46 Marchmont

A Division

Community and Neighbourhood Watch News

ISSUE 41 January 2008

'Working in Partnership for a Safer City'

City Wide

Improving the way we communicate

This month we are undertaking a review of the way we communicate with the broad range of groups across ‘A’ Division. I want to make sure that we get relevant, up to date information, to the right people in the most appropriate format. To ensure that we are meeting your needs I would like you to take a few minutes to answer the following questions about the ‘A’ Division Community and Neighbourhood Watch Newsletter:
  • Why do you receive the newsletter?
  • How do you receive the newsletter?
  • Is the information in the newsletter relevant? If not what other information would you like?
  • Is the format of the newsletter appropriate? If not what format would be more suitable?
Please forward your replies by Monday 11th February 2008 to or PS Beverly Bowles, Command Support, St Leonards Police Station, 14 St Leonards Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9QW
Chief Superintendent George Simpson, Divisional Commander.

Hot Topics

School Watch

‘A’ Division Safer Communities Department launched ‘School Watch’ in December 2007 to address vandalisms and break-ins to Edinburgh schools. When school equipment is damaged or stolen it takes time to be replaced and, due to high insurance excesses, schools often have to replace equipment themselves. School Watch is similar to ‘Neighbourhood Watch’. It is a multi agency initiative and encourages individuals and families to join together to protect their local schools from criminal behaviour.

The Scheme aims to:
  • Reduce the opportunity for crime
  • Build on the community spirit in local areas
  • Save money for education instead of repairs to school property
When a School Watch is established trained police officers will provide the school with a crime prevention survey to reduce opportunities for crime. All members will receive an information pack and will be invited to a seminar to address local and relevant issues.

For further information on joining a School Watch contact your local Crime Prevention Officer on 0131 311 3131.

Local News

Beat SM46

This is the January edition of your monthly newsletter. There were 60 reported crimes in respect of your ward for the month of December 2007 (compared with 63 during November).

There were 8 (actual and attempted) housebreakings in the area in December, at the following locations:

Argyle Place, Home Street (2), Marchmont Street, Spottiswoode Street, Thirlestane Road (2), Whitehouse Loan.

Two of these were small businesses which were broken into and one has been solved. Enquiries are continuing into the others.

The frequency of housebreaking in the area has remained approximately the same for the last 3 months (6 reported in November and 8 reported in October).

There were 2 thefts of motor vehicles reported in the area during December. These occurred in Marchmont Crescent and Roseneath Terrace. This represents a decrease from November, when 5 thefts and 2 attempted thefts were reported.

One vehicle was vandalised during December in St Margaret’s Road by having a window smashed. This represents an encouraging downward trend compared to November when 5 vehicles were reported as being vandalised.

I am happy to report that, as in November, there were no vehicles in the area broken into during December.

There were 8 assaults reported in the area during December (compare to 6 reported in November, 9 reported in October, and 9 in September). These were mostly minor assaults. Four of these have already been solved. Two were domestic assaults and another incident involved a fight between schoolchildren.

The number of recorded offences involving controlled drugs has remained relatively low in this beat area. During December there were two incidents detected involving misuse of drugs. Two 16-year old youths were found in possession of cannabis on Barclay Terrace, and one male was found in possession of unprescribed valium on Home Street. All three were reported to the Procurator Fiscal.

This is only a slight increase from November, in which one drugs offence was detected.

There were 4 reported incidents of graffiti in our beat in December (compared with 5 during November, 5 in October and 8 in September). These are still unsolved, but work is continuing to trace the culprits.

There were 6 other miscellaneous vandalisms reported during November, mostly comprising smashed windows. None of these appear to be related.

Vehicle stops by our officers resulted in 3 road traffic offences being detected in the area during December. This figure is the same as that for November.

In one case the offence was driving without a licence, and in the other two cases driving without insurance, on Melville Drive, Strathearn Road and Brougham Place.

The numbers of youth calls in our area were down during December and I attribute this partly to the presence of extra foot patrols, that we provided in the area around the Meadows and Bruntsfield Place as part of Operation Aura and Operation Arctic. The weather was quite Arctic too, and may also have helped as a deterrent!

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
  As mentioned in previous newsletters, I have an interest in solving graffiti crimes. If you see anybody engaged in the act of graffiti-tagging, please telephone the Police immediately, providing a description of the offender(s). If you find any new graffiti on your property, please also report this to Police and it will be investigated. If you can, do take a digital photograph of the graffiti prior to cleaning it off, and email it to us at our new email address which we have set up specifically for this purpose:

However, don’t worry if you don’t have the equipment for this, as Police can come out photograph it if you are unable to do so.

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