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Community and Neighbourhood Watch News

ISSUE 47 July 2008

'Work With Us'

City Wide

Divisional Commanders Message

On 2nd May 2008, ‘A’ Division launched a Test Purchasing Scheme to tackle the number of underage people purchasing alcohol across the city. By working with 16-year-old volunteers we were able to target premises we believed were selling alcohol to under age people. Over 70 premises have been tested so far with an extremely low failure rate where young people were actually able to buy alcohol.

A good deal of antisocial behaviour faced by our communities results from under age people buying and consuming alcohol. To continue to address this issue and to support the upcoming Safer Scotland Initiative Campaign and alcohol fuelled violence we will continue with test purchasing operations in the coming months.

If you have any information concerning licensed premises selling alcohol to people under the age of 18 please contact your local police station

Chief Superintendent Colin Campbell, Divisional Commander.

Hot Topics

Now that the summer holiday season isupon us, it is natural for people to relax and enjoy the warm weather. During the summer months, the population of Edinburgh swells with tourists from all over the world who come to enjoy our scenery, architecture and International Arts Festivals. Unfortunately the summer also presents additional opportunities for criminals keen to exploit people who have momentarily lowered their guard.

By considering the following advice you will make it difficult for these criminals to operate. This advice is equally relevant when you are abroad holiday.
  • Before you leave the house, ask yourself “Do I need my Laptop, MP3 player, camera and cash with me?” If you don’t leave them at home.
  • If you’re parking your car, make sure you don’t leave anything of value inside and make sure the windows are closed.
  • Keep hold of your valuables. Don’t leave your jacket, bag, laptop, phone, camera or wallet unattended even for a few seconds. That’s all it takes for thieves to help themselves.
  • Beware of pickpockets. Don’t keep your wallet or purse in your bag. Carry cash in a pocket close to your body. It’s less likely to be stolen from there.
  • Always secure your bicycle with a good quality padlock to an immovable object in a busy well-overlooked area.
Remember; we live in a safe city but don’t tempt fate. Stay alert but above all enjoy the summer and take advantage of the host of attractions available in Edinburgh.

Local News

Beat SM46

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

During the month of June, 88 crimes were reported in your ward (this is identical to the number of crimes reported during May 2008).

During June, 6 housebreakings were reported to Police in SM46 beat (compare with 4 reported during the previous month of May). The break-ins in June occurred at the following locations:
  • Barclay Place (business premises)
  • Bruntsfield Crescent
  • Greenhill Gardens
  • Spottswoode Street
  • Leven Street, (business premises)
  • Valleyfield Street
I am anticipating that our housebreaking figures may rise next month. Last summer SM46 beat had an increase in frequency of house-breakings compared to other beat areas within the south of Edinburgh. We will be working hard to help prevent this by raising awareness and circulating advice to occupants, as well as trying to catch those responsible and recover the stolen property.

Summertime generally tends to see an increased number of break-ins, perhaps due to the fact that many families and students are away on holiday, homes are unoccupied and certain ‘give-away’ signs are apparent, for example, uncollected mail, half-shut blinds, and a lack of vehicles or lights on at the property. Furthermore, other occupants who are not on holiday may leave windows and doors open due to the warmer weather, which is also an invitation to thieves.

An analysis of the housebreaking patterns in the area last summer shows that they occurred most commonly around midweek, and during the afternoons. In fact, two-thirds of the housebreaking in this period were committed in daytime. In SM46 beat, 72% of the properties broken into were flats and the most common method of entry into these was by using bodily pressure or a tool to force the front door. Other houses that were targeted were most commonly entered by smashing or forcing a window.

The items most commonly stolen from domestic housebreakings tend to be cash, electronic goods, computer games and jewellery, items which are relatively high-value, portable and easily sold-on.

We have a dedicated team within Lothian and Borders Police whose remit is analyse the details of housebreakings, look for patterns and links between them and of course also catch the offenders. We log details of all reported stolen goods and we have another team who search second-hand outlets for these. To assist us with this, we recommend that you keep a note of the make, model and serial numbers of all your electronic items, and that you mark your property in such a way that will assist you to reclaim it as your own (e.g. by using a special ultraviolet pen to mark it with your name or other details such as postcode).

Two vehicles were stolen in SM46 beat during June from the following locations:
  • Roseneath Place
  • Spottiswoode Road
A male has been charged with stealing the vehicle from Roseneath Place, however nobody has yet been charged for the theft of the motorcycle from Spottiswoode Road, which was stolen by cutting through the security chain.

Three vehicles were broken into during June at the following locations:
  • Lauriston Gardens
  • Marchmont Road
  • Warrender Park Road
In the case of the vehicle in Warrender Park Road, access was gained as a result of the doors being left unlocked by the user. These crimes remain unsolved at present.

In last month’s newsletter I reported a spate of vehicle vandalisms. I’m pleased to say that this trend has not continued and that we only had one report of a vehicle vandalised in June. This occurred at St Margaret’s Road when a tyre was slashed, although the offender has not yet been traced.

Three pedal cycles were stolen from within the beat area during June, at the following locations:
  • Brougham Street
  • Warrender Park Road
  • Warrender Park Terrace
One of the thefts has been solved. As highlighted in my previous newsletters, thiscrime type is common in SM46 beat, so please invest in sturdy security devices for your bicycles and, whenever possible, keep them within locked premises.

During the warmer weather, we see increased use of the Meadows and Bruntsfield Linksfor leisure and recreation. We have already had reports of people having had their bags or jackets stolen when these items had been left lying unattended nearby. Please be aware that there are opportunist thieves about who may take your property while you are preoccupied with playing games, sports, or sunbathing etc!

Two charges were made during June for possession of controlled drugs in Home Street.

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

14 crimes of violence were reported in SM46 beat during June, and half of these have been solved.

Some of the violent crime was committed by youths, however I would like to reassure you that we will be doing our best to address this during July and August through ‘Operation Aura’, which aims to reduce underage drinking and alcohol-fuelled violence and disorder in the Meadows and Bruntsfield.

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  And Finally...

Community Beat Officer for Marchmont

PC 5801A Lindsey Thomson


Inspector Richard Horan

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
  With the summer comes an influx of tourists, festival goers and visitors to our city.

This puts pressure on our already crowded roads and parking especially can become an issue.

Whilst parking offences are generally administered by the City of Edinburgh Council there are occasions when the Police become involved – specifically when the parking becomes ‘dangerous’ or ‘obstructive’.

Whilst it is impossible to give a rule of thumb on when parking becomes either dangerous or so obstructive to warrant police intervention (as every case needs to be examined on its merits) any kind of inconsiderate parking has an adverse effect on our neighbourhood.

Please consider where you park, please consider the particular needs of those around you, please be patient with those not as understanding. Please respect the Parking Attendants whose job is to ensure everyone abides by the parking regulations.

Further information and advice on parking can be accessed from the City of Edinburgh Council website.

Inspector Richard Horan