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Community and Neighbourhood Watch News

ISSUE 55 March 2009

'Work With Us'

City Wide

Divisional Commanders Message

The months of May and June will see us starting to enact our plans for the busy summer months ahead. With the range of activities that take place throughout the city, we find ourselves facing a hugely challenging set of policing issues whilst maintaining business as usual. We police a huge and growing number of events which are of great importance to local communities and the city as a whole in terms of tourism. Our crime prevention advice and local activities will help keep safe people and property alike, and such advice is accessible through a variety of ways. As well as this newsletter, you can check our website at or visit your local police station. In addition your local Community Beat Officer can meet with you as individuals or groups and I would encourage you to make contact with them in your particular area of Edinburgh.
Chief Superintendent Colin Campbell, Divisional Commander.

Hot Topics

Hate Crime

Despite all the work that goes on to keep Edinburgh safe, for some people, the fear of crime and the threat of harassment can still be very real. Hate crimes can sometimes be the cause of this unrest.

Hate crime is a crime or incident committed against a person that is motivated by an offender’s hatred of someone because of their perceived age, disability, faith, gender, race or sexual orientation. Between January 2006 and September 2007, 2194 hate crime offences were reported and more than 50% (1372) of these were racially aggravated.

In an attempt to tackle this type of crime, the Edinburgh Community Safety Partnership recently launched a Hate Crime Strategy in partnership with the police, voluntary sector and the City of Edinburgh Council.

Police input in combating this nature of a crime is vital, therefore the police felt that something must be introduced to improve the reporting of crime which is where ‘Remote Reporting’ comes in.

Remote Reporting allows victims or witnesses of a hate crime or incident to report the matter to a third party who is not the police, known as a Remote Reporting Centre. In turn the Remote Reporting Centre will forward the report to the police on your behalf. This will be done either anonymously for recording purposes only, or for appropriate police action at your discretion.

There are over 40 centres across Edinburgh where you can report an incident - from outreach centres such as the Salvation Army to the Council’s local offices.

If you have experienced or witnessed a hate crime, don’t be afraid to report it.
For a full list of Remote Reporting Centres and for more information visit or

Local News

Beat SM46

Welcome to the May 2009 Police Newsletter for the Marchmont and Meadows area. It provides you with a summary of incidents that occurred in your area during March and April 2009.

PC4601A Yocksan Bell

Crime Summary
In March 75 crimes were reported in your ward. In April there were 73. Both these figures are just above the monthly average of 67. A general breakdown of some of these crimes is listed.

Incident Summary
During March 2009 there were 233 incidents reported to Police.
Of these 10 were graded as 1, ie emergencies that required an immediate response. 65 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. A proportion of these jobs will also have been referred to different agencies for action.

In April 2009 there were 218 incidents reported to Police.
Of these 19 were graded as 1. 58 were graded as 2 ie. non-emergercies with the remainer being more routine as above.

Vehicle Vandalisms
There were 8 vehicle vandalisms reported in the area in March and 10 in April.
The majority of these offences are committed by person(s) late at night often under the influence of alcohol. Please report all suspicious activity / groups when seen late at night.

Planned Spring / Summer Initiatives
As we move into the Spring and Summer months we will experience seasonal rises in certain calls. Instances of youth disorder and antisocial behaviour, often associated with the longer days and better weather, usually increase and we need to have a planned and measured response to this.

During June, July and August there will be a number of measures put in place to help combat these increases and help to provide reassurance within the community.

Firstly, Operat on Autoclave will focus on underage drinking and youth disorder in the Meadows and Bruntsfield Links Public parks and will run throughout June and July. This operation will also involve our partners from the Council and Education Department. Officers will be dedicated to patrol ing these areas during the evenings during the peak times.

Secondly, Operation Artisan will take place during August and will focus on policing the areas of George Square and the Meadows focusing on all issues associated with the Edinburgh Festival. This initiative was run during the Festival in 2008 and was a great success, helping to create a safe environment to al those attanding Festival events during this time.

Vehicle Theft
During March there were 4 thefts of motor vehicles from the area. This reduced to 3 during April.

Be vigilant and never leave valuables on display in your car and keep your keys safe.

During March and April 8 premises were broken into in our area, 2 to business premises and 6 to domestic dwellings as follows:
  • 3 at Warrander Park Road (Domestic)
  • Roseneath Terrace (Domestic)
  • Spottiswoode Street (Domestic)
  • Warrander Park Road (Business)
  • Panmuir Place (Domestic)
  • Warrander Park Crescent (Domestic)
This figure is a yet a further reduction on previous months figures and represents good news for the community. Once again please ….
  • Always secure your house door using ALL available locks. NEVER just on the Yale.
  • Report all suspicious activity to Police
  • Securely lock all personal possessions including laddres and other items which may serve as aides to the housebreaker.
  • Ensure common stair doors are in working order and secured at ALL times.
  • Never let anyone in without confirming their identity.
Simple measures will solve this problem.

Theft of Pedal Cycles
During March there were 6 reported thefts of bicycles. This rose sharply to 14 during April with one being solved and a 21-year-old male being reported to the Procurator Fiscal. Violent Crime
Police received reports of 6 minor assaults in the area during March. To date, 4 of these have been solved. The remainder are under investigation. 2 x Assault and Robbery i.e. Theft from people where a degree of violence was used, were also reported. Both are still under investigation.

HOT TOPIC – Car Crime
In recent months there has been a notable rise in the number of incidents of vehicles being stolen with their true key.
Vehicles registered after 1996 (P registered) have been fitted with immobilisers as standard, making them virtually impossible to steal without the key. A thief wishing to steal a newer car generally has to get his hands on the key. Car keys are often stolen from the workplace, the gym, schools and house parties. Are your car keys safe?
Many criminals wishing to steal cars break into houses with the sole intention of stealing car keys making it easy to steal your car from the driveway or the street outside. Cars have also been known to disappear from petrol stations when drivers leave keys in the ignition when paying for fuel.
You can limit the chances of this happening to you by following this advice:
  • If you have a garage, use it to store your vehicle.
  • Ensure your home security is up to scratch. Use your locks and alarm system.
  • Do not leave your car keys near the door of your house.
  • Do not use an obvious key box/rack to store keys.
  • Take your car keys to your bedroom with you at night.
  • Ensure your spare car key is in a safe, secure place.
Never ever leave your car keys in your ignition or hidden within your car.

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 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
  After last years successful joint Police and City of Edinburgh Council summer operation in and around the Meadows and Bruntsfield Links, we have finalised plans to repeat the endeavour this year.

Operation Artisan will see Council and Police resources target violent crime, anti-social behaviour and other issues in the area.

Much has been made nationally of the potential for an increase in acquisitive crime (theft of property) as a result of the ‘credit crunch’.

Take a moment to think carefully about your property, whether that is your house, your car, your bike or your business.

Simple preventative measures can often stop you becoming the victim of crime.

If you feel you could benefit from free crime prevention advice, please e-mail or telephone us and we will arrange an officer to visit you at a convenient time.

Inspector Richard Horan