Police Newsletter Beat SM46 Marchmont
Community and Neighbourhood Watch News
ISSUE 50 October 2008
'Work With Us'
Divisional Commanders Message
October marks the 6-month point since the establishment of the Neighbourhood Action Units (NAUs). I have watched as each of our teams has developed and embraced the partnership working opportunities afforded and how they have worked hard to combat anti-social behaviour in our communities across Edinburgh. I am glad to note that our Council partners have also recognised the good work undertaken to date and have publicly commended the teams in the media.
As expected we have faced a number of challenges that come with partnership working however it is clear from the work of the NAUs that the benefits are very evident and that we, and the people we serve, are starting to realise them.
We will ensure that the NAUs continue to bring great benefits to the way in which we police the City of Edinburgh.
Chief Superintendent Colin Campbell, Divisional Commander.
Fireworks and Bonfire Safety
This year, as in previous years, the weeks surrounding the 5th of November will place considerable demands on the Police, the Fire and Rescue Service, local health services and council services across the city. Many people are needlessly injured and a great deal of nuisance is caused to the public due to the misuseof fireworks and the irresponsible building of bonfires.
Bonfires are often constructed in inappropriate places, near to people’s homes or businesses or built to such a size that they present a danger to life and property. The supply of fireworks to youths under 18 years is not only illegal but can also lead to dangerous incidents.
Lothian and Borders Police are working closely with our partners within the Fire and Rescue Service, council services and local health services within our local communities to reduce the potential dangers to the public by:
This is the October edition of your monthly newsletter, reviewing the results of crime trends during September in respect of your ward.
In September 86 crimes were reported in your ward, representing a slight increase from the monthly average.
During September 6 housebreakings were committed in the SM46 beat. Comparing this with 2 committed in August , 4 in June and 4 in July this year, the September figure is slightly above the monthly average for 2008, but remains significantly lower than at this time last year. The break-ins during September occurred at the following locations:
A further incident, known as a ‘slip-in’ theft, occurred in Panmure Place, where a suspect entered a house through an open back door, and stole a handbag containing cash and bank cards. This is a useful opportunity to remind you to remain aware of security when you are athome, as well as when you leave your house. There are opportunists around who may strike if they see an open door and a handbag sitting there unattended.
Three vehicles were stolen from the area during September (one less than in the preceding month), from the following locations:
Four vehicles were broken into during September (compare with 2 during August and 3 in July). In September, the break-ins occurred at:
As I requested in my last newsletter, please do be vigilant during the dark winter evenings for any suspicious activity around vehicles, note down the registration mark of any vehicle the suspects are in, and report your suspicions at the time to Police. We know that in some recent cases, the suspects have arrived at the scene using another stolen vehicle, sometimes a van, and they place this vehicle in such a way as to assist with screening their actions from view in relation to the surrounding buildings and to any potential onlookers.
In September, as in August, 5 vehicles in our area were vandalised. These incidents occurred at:
THEFT OF PEDAL CYCLES
In September 8 pedal cycles were stolen from SM46 beat. The thefts occurred at:
Seven drugs-related offences were reported in the area during September. This occurred as a result of the discovery of a cannabis plantation inside a local address. The occupant has since been reported to the Procurator Fiscal for these offences.
I would like to encourage you to contact me with any information or suspicions you may have about drug abuse or drug dealing in the local area. You could either contact me by phone or email (see back page for details) and, if desired, I will treat your information anonymously, or you could phone the ‘Crimestoppers’ number on 0800 555 111 to report your suspicions.
7 assaults were reported in the area during September (compare with 11 reported in the area during August). Six of these were ‘minor’ in nature, and we have already solved 4 of these.
We are continuingour patrols of the area around the Meadows and Bruntsfield Links during the evenings, particularly at the weekends, where other operational duties allow, with the aim of targeting youth disorder.
We made a good capture recently, when we caught a male and female who had been shoplifting expensive items together, almost on a daily basis, from small shops in the Morningside and Marchmont areas over the last few weeks. The couple had gone into a variety of shops in the locality, stealing goods such as childrens’ clothing, kitchenware, ornaments and bedding. They have been charged with numerous counts of theft by shoplifting.