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Community and Neighbourhood Watch News

ISSUE 46 June 2008

'Work With Us'

City Wide

Divisional Commanders Message

In April we highlighted the significant decrease in the number of crimes committed across the City of Edinburgh in the past year. I am delighted to report that we have started the new financial year in an extremely positive way. In April and May this year we have continued to see a decrease in the number of crimes committed across the city and an increase in the number of crimes solved compared with previous years.

The challenge ahead of us is to maintain this very impressive start as we enter the summer months. The influx of visitors to Edinburgh is to be warmly welcomed as they are vital to the economic well being and reputation of the city. It is our job to ensure the environment remains safe for all of the people within the capital city. As ever, I am convinced that we will rise to the challenges this will bring for all of us

Chief Superintendent Colin Campbell, Divisional Commander.

Hot Topics

Thefts and vandalism to schools and building sites in Edinburgh affect the whole community. The costs are hidden but they are enormous and ultimately affect the community through increased costs for the repair and replacement of school property, while the vandalism or theft of equipment and materials frombuilding sites will lead to increased costs to the consumer.

Traditionally these types of crime occur at weekends and during holiday periods. Lothian and Borders Police will be visiting all schools and building sites in the weeks prior to the School summer holidays and the traditional trades fortnight to provide crime prevention advice in an effort to combat this.

For those who are going on holiday soon crime prevention advice is readily available to anyone who wishes to review their home security and can be obtained by contacting their local Community Beat Officer or Crime Prevention Officer.

All residents are encouraged to be pro-active in helping to prevent crime in their local community by keeping a look out in their area and reporting any suspicious behaviour they see to the police, in an emergency call 999 or 0131 311 3131 for all other calls.

Remember you can give any information regarding crime or criminal activity anonymously by phoning Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Local News

Beat SM46

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

During the month of May 88 crimes were reported in your ward.

Four properties were broken into during May:
  • Glengyle Terrace (02/05/08)
  • Warrender Park Road (04/05/08)
  • Leven Street (30/05/08, unoccupied business premises)
  • Thirlestane Road (31/05/08)
Although this represents an increase in housebreaking activity compared to April (when there were no domestic house-breakings), this figure is still below the monthly average.

In the case of the premises on Warrender Park Road, the suspect(s) had climbed onto scaffolding to access a window. Please be aware of the increased risk of house-breaking if you do have scaffolding erected around your building and make sure that you keep your windows locked and avoid keeping valuable items on display close to such windows. If you see anybody clambering on scaffolding who clearly has no right to be there, phone Police immediately.

One vehicle was stolen from Warrender Park Road on the 6th of May. This was a Suzuki motorcyle, which has not yet been recovered, and enquiries are continuing. This figure compares favourably with March (when 7 vehicles were stolen) and April (when 1 vehicle was stolen and attempts were made on 2 others).

Also on the 6thof May, a car parked on Strathearn Rd, had its spoiler stolen. This theft has not yet been solved.

One vehicle was broken into during May, on Thirlestane Road (26/05/08), from which a satnav, camera and clothing were stolen (this represents a decrease from May, when 3 vehicles were broken into). Please make sure you do not leave valuables on display in your vehicle!

11 vehicles were reported as vandalised during May:
  • Marchmont Cres (14/05/08)
  • Arden Street, 2 vehicles (20/05/08)
  • Lauriston Gardens (24/05/08)
  • Lauriston Place (26/05/08)
  • Drumdryan Street (30/05/08)
  • Tarvit Street, 3 vehicles (30/05/08)
  • Tarvit Street, 2 vehicles (31/05/08)
This is above the monthly average figure for this crime type, as a result of suspects vandalising a series of vehicles on several streets around the Tollcross and Merchiston area in the early hours of the morning on the 30th and 31st of May. The vehicles affected in Tarvit Street and Drumdryan Street had their windscreens smashed and wing mirrors kicked.

These crimes are currently still unsolved, however the vandalisms on the 30th of May appear to have been committed by a person or persons who were within a mixed group of around 20 youths. On the 31st of May the other vandalisms were committed by 4 males brandishing poles. On both nights, the vandalisms took place at about 3.30am. We have been liaising with the Kings Theatre in examining their CCTV footage of Tarvit Street to help us solve these crimes.

In the case of vehicles vandalised in Arden Street on the 20th of May, the suspect was seen to smash the rear windscreens of two vehicles at about 11.55pm. He is described as a white male, aged 21, medium build, approximately 5’11”-6’0”, with short blond hair.

If you saw the suspects responsible for these vehicle vandalisms and can offer any further information about them, please contact me at St Leonards Police Station (tel. 0131-662-5000).

3 pedal cycles were stolen during May (compared with 6 stolen in April, and 5 stolen in March). The thefts occurred at:
  • Arden Street (between 10th-13th May)
  • Valleyfield Street (13th May)
  • Spottiswoode Street (between 10th-31st May)
The theft from Spottiswoode Street was solved and the male responsible has been reported to the Procurator Fiscal.

Three drugs-related offences were reported in the beat area on Melville Drive, Barclay Place and Lauriston Place, whereby persons were found in possession of drugs. This represents an increase from April, when no drug-related offences were reported in the area. These findings are down to the vigilance and the good searching techniques of our officers, who continue to try and target suspected drug-dealers and misusers.

If you have any information to offer about local drug-use/drug-dealing, please do contact me (see back page for contact details). I am happy to regard your information as being supplied anonymously if required. Alternatively phone the ‘Crimestoppers’ number on 0800-555-111 to report your suspicions. As well as our local uniformed officers, we have a Divisional Drugs Unit within Lothian & Borders Police who monitor and act on drugs intelligence received.

During May, 9 assaults were reported to Police in the beat area. These were all classified as ‘minor’ and 4 of these have been solved.

One sexual offence was reported on the 9thof May, a public indecency committed on Bruntsfield Linksat 9pm by a male who targeted two female students who were walking home. Unfortunately this crime is currently unsolved.

Other than damage caused to vehicles, there were 12 miscellaneous vandalisms reported in the beat area during May. Four ofthese have been solved. In 3 cases a male youth was charged with spraypainting the graffiti tag “OE” in the area of the Meadows.

Our local officers succeeded in catching a male who was driving at excessive speed and overtaking between the two lines of traffic on Lauriston Place on the 8th of May. He has been charged with dangerous driving and reported to the Procurator Fiscal.

Useful Numbers

  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
  From Chief Inspector Milne:

Vandalisms remain the ‘volume crime’ in the South area of the city, and I have specifically tasked two of the Neighbourhood Action Unit with looking at this issue, collating information, targeting recidivist offenders and focusing on hot-spot areas. I am pleased that as a result of this over the past three months, we have seen a reduction in vandalism of 14% across the South Neighbourhood area, with an increase in detection also of 14%.

The Neighbourhood TAC (Tasking and co-ordinating) group also ran a Partnership Initiative in relation to vandalism, aimed at our local schools, resulting in a very successful poster campaign and associated school inputs at P7 and secondary groups by the Neighbourhood Action Unit, and Community Beat Officers along with Community Safety Wardens.

For those vandals we detected, especially the graffiti taggers, we have arranged restorative warnings and meetings, designed to prevent re-offending. I am pleased that none of those who have been dealt with in this manner has re-offended to date. My intention is to continue this style of policing, tackling the issue in conjunction with our partners, and tackling repeat offenders, to further reduce this pointless and anti-social crime. Anyone with information about vandals can contact the Neighbourhood Action Unit on 0131 529 5185, or the Councils Anti-Social Behaviour Hotline on 0131 529 7050, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111