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Community and Neighbourhood Watch News

ISSUE 53 January 2009

'Work With Us'

City Wide

Divisional Commanders Message

The huge range of Winter Initiatives that have been taking place across the City over the festive period are coming to an end, and I am encouraged by the results. All officers and staff have worked hard to ensure a high visibility presence and crime prevention messages have helped keep crime levels low, and anti social behaviour to a minimum. Hogmanay policing plans were well executed by our officers in a good-natured atmosphere, and the low levels of arrests reflect a fantastic attitude between the police and the public.

I am pleased to see that some of our officers have been recognised over the past few weeks for their hard work and achievements. PC Simon Daley, CBO for Broughton, has received notable recognition for his work building relations between the Scottish and Polish Communities with the new war memorial in Redbraes Place. He will travel to London later this month to receive a Community Award from the Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street.

Daragh Gleeson from Portobello has been awarded Probationer of the Year after the Force recognised his positive attitude, commitment and excellent crime solvency rates.

Last but not least, CBO Neil Doig was nominated for the Community Policeman of the Year Awards in London for his years of dedicated service to the Broomhouse and west Edinburgh areas. Although I am understandably biased I thought Neil should have won this particular award.

While these officers have shown incredible dedication to Lothian and Borders Police, I’m encouraged by every member of staff’s continued efforts to ensure public safety and look forward to a productive year ahead.

Chief Superintendent Colin Campbell, Divisional Commander.

Hot Topics

Beauty Spot Awareness

Edinburgh is beautiful, scenic place to live and there are lots of well-known beauty spots to visit and enjoy the city’s scenery first hand. Many of these areas have parking facilities and unfortunately thieves have been taking advantage of this lately. In a number of cases, victims have arrived, parked their cars, placed valuables in the boot and on returning found that their car has been broken into while neighbouring cars with no valuables in the boot remain untouched. This would indicate that thieves may be observing from nearby and targeting only vehicles that are worth their while.

To reduce the chances of falling victim to this type of crime, we advise that you make sure you lock and secure your car whenever you leave it and don’t leave valuables on display. Car thieves often steal first and think about value later. Take your valuables with you or lock them in the boot prior to arriving at the destination where you intend to park up. Don’t be tempted to hide things under the seats or leave them in the glove box.

Satellite Navigation systems are also highly sought after and we have found that some criminals are looking for the sucker mark that is left on the inside of your windscreen by the handset, then breaking in on the off chance that you’ve hidden the goods somewhere in the car. TAKE YOUR SAT NAV UNIT WITH YOU.

Local News

Beat SM46

Welcome to the January 2009 Police Newsletter for the Marchmont and Meadows area. It provides you with a summary of incidents which occurred in your area during December 2008.

PC4601A Yocksan Bell

In December 63 crimes were reported in your ward, which is just below the monthly average of 67. A general breakdown of some of these crimes is listed.

During December 2008 there were 165 incidents reported to Police in the Marchmont and Meadows area.
Of these, 17 were graded as 1, ie emergencies that required an immediate response. 42 were graded as 2 ie. non-emergercies to be responded to within one hour. The remainder were more routine being dealt with by a shift officer or by a Community Beat officer or may not need a Police response.

One vehicle was stolen from the during December from Spottiswoode Road.
The message, as always, is be vigilant and report anyone acting suspiciously around parked vehicles especially during the night!

In December we received 4 reports of stolen pedal cycles in the area from the following locationsThis is a vast reduction on the previous months total of 11:
  • Lariston Gardens
  • Arden Street
  • Strathearn Road
  • Marchmont Crescent
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
During December 8 premises were broken into in our area, 3 to business premises and 5 to domestic dwellings as follows:
  • Marchmont Road (Domestic)
  • Spottiswoode St (Domestic)
  • Warrander Park Road (Domestic)
  • Marchmont Road x2 (Domestic)
  • Lauriston Place x3 (Business)
3 of these break-ins have already been solved. The remainder 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.

During December one car was broken into. This was in Lauderdale Street. Nothing was stolen on this occasion.

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.
Police received reports of 7 minor assaults in the area during December. To date, only one of these has been solved. The remainder are under investigation.

It should be noted that during December 14 incidents of persons willfully and recklessly setting fires were reported to Police. These incidents have occurred all across the St Leonards Policing area, including within the Marchmont and Meadows area.

We are very keen to detect the person or persons responsible for committing these crimes.

The implications of setting fires in common stairs and other public areas are extremely serious.

If you have any information which may assist us in our ongoing enquiries in this area please contact the Police or Crimestoppers.

Please ensure that you:
  • Secure common stair doors
  • Remove all flammable materials
  • Report all suspicious activity
Remember, the CEC can uplift any items of rubbish which may be a fire hazard. Just give them a call on 0131 529 3030.

There were 2 vehicle vandalisms reported in the area in December. One in Lauriston Park and one in Strathearn Road.
This type of mindless vandalism is very difficult to solve. Please call us if you witness any of this type of crime.

Useful Numbers

  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
During the Festive period, we ran an operation called “Aura” and specifically targeted anti-social and alcohol-related behaviour. The initiative, run under the local Community Plan, focused on preventing alcohol behaviour in young people becoming health or social problems for them and society both now and in later years. Known hot-spot areas were regularly patrolled, and over 270 litres of alcohol seized from under-age youths in South Edinburgh. Hotspots including, Meadows Public Park, Bruntsfield Links, Prestonfield Public Park, Burdiehouse Dip, Gracemount, Inch Park and other identified locations, which we specifically checked daily, and where problems were encountered, robust enforcement was taken. We will be running a similar operation during the school holiday periods, includingtest purchasing of alcohol, and information concerning suspect premises, other areas where under-age youths congregate and drink is welcomed.