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Police Newsletter Beat SM46 Marchmont

A Division

Community and Neighbourhood Watch News

ISSUE 68 April 2010

'Work With Us'

City Wide

Divisional Commanders Message

Easter is traditionally a time when our policing focus changes slightly to incorporate the school holidays and the challenges they bring. The holidays can signal a rise in certain types of crime, namely vandalisms and anti social behaviour. A Division officers are working hard to combat this by engaging with young people through a variety of means. Lothian and Borders Police, in conjunction with our partners and local groups, are organising a range of diversionary activities across the city to encourage young people to use their holiday to explore new interests. “On The Ball” is a City of Edinburgh Council funded programme at Heart Of Midlothian Football Club, targeting groupsof teenagers who have been involved in Antisocial Behaviour and Offending. Our officers have helped to identify appropriate young people to go on the course and provided presentations on personal safety, knife crime and gang culture.

One of our key priorities for the coming financial year will be the idea of crime prevention. While we have always stressed the importance of taking measures to keep yourself and your property safe, the Force has recognised that we must strive to do more. Along with the diversionary activities previously mentioned, A Division officers will focus more closely on education on how to avoid giving criminals an opportunity to strike, as well as listening to the concerns of the local community and taking appropriate action. We will also continue to provide high visibility policing in an effort to deter criminality.

Chief Superintendent Gill Imery, Divisional Commander.

Hot Topics

Garden Crime

Many of you take measures to protect your home but don’t give a thought to your bicycle, lawnmower, hedge trimmer, power tools and other valuable gardening implements lying out in a rickety old shed. Criminals consider this type of crime to be low risk/high return as they don’t have to force entry to your home and the goods they can get there are as valuable as anything in your house. The good news is there is a lot you can do to prevent it:
  • Any boundary fence/wall at your house should be built in such a way that it is difficult to climb.
  • Use a good quality closed shackle padlock on your shed door and the haspand door hinges should be attached using coach bolts rather than screws to prevent simple removal.
  • You should keep valuable items in the house but if they must stay in the shed, chain/lock them up and security mark them.
  • Lace a chain through the handles of garden forks, spades, bicycles etc. This will prevent a thief from being able to remove single items. Remember tools from your shed can be used to force entry to your house.
  • Fit an internal wire mesh grille to protect your shed window.
Finally - Don't let any casual caller do work on your property, for example roofing, tarmacing driveways or gardening.

Local News

Beat SM46

Welcome to the April 2010 Police Newsletter for the Marchmont, Meadows and Tollcross area – the SM46 Beat. It provides you with a summary of incidents that occurred in your area during March 2010. It also provides you with some helpful and relevant crime prevention information.

PC4601A Yocksan Bell – SNT

In March 73 crimes were reported in your ward. This is an increase on the February figure but is in line with the seasonal yearly trend.
A general breakdown of some of these crimes is listed in this newsletter.

During March 2009 there were 231 incidents reported to Police in your area. Of these only 10were 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 have needed a Police response.
A significant proportion of these jobs (28 or 12%) were referred to different agencies for action.

During March 8 premises were broken into (6 break in’s and 2 attempts) in our area.

The good news is that two males, a 28 and 50 year old have been charged with a housebreaking to a shop premises where over £1000 of goods were stolen.

Two juvenile males were also charged with one other theft housebreaking where over £400 worth of electrical goods were stolen when an insecure rear ground floor window was entered.

The rest are still under investigation.
  • Always secure your house door using ALL available locks. NEVER just on the Yale.
  • Use window locks where possible.
  • 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.
  • Confirm ID before allowing entry.
Theft of Pedal Cycles
During March there a further 9 reported thefts of bicycles. This remains an issue and one that can be easily solved with some simple security measures. All 9 remain unsolved at present.

Once again:
  • Secure bikes properly using accredited “Sold Secure” locks.
  • Use a combination of cable lock and D-lock whenever possible
  • Always note the bike serial number and photograph your bike.
Natural Defences

Defensive Planting
Take the spring out of the criminal’s step.

Natures own way to reduce crime. Criminals do not like climbing through prickly plants and hedges. They know that a small item of ripped clothing or blood can help the police identify them. The following list includes some of the best plants to protect your garden from intruders.

Rosa Rugosa - Makes a fast growing impenetrable hedge, growing 3-4 feet in 12 months.
Pyracantha - Is excellent for hedging, growing under windows or around doorways, a beautiful display of red or orange during winter.
Berberis - Good for hedging and growing by walls. It has very sharp spine like prickles, which are barely visible. Holly - Many attractive varieties some variegated. Also can be planted in any area needing protection.
Japonica - Can be trained up walls or pruned into a bush.
Hawthorn - Makes a good hedge or pruned bush.
Pampas grass - An excellent plant to put in a vulnerable corner, it has razor sharp leaves.
Rambling roses - Make good cover for drainpipes or along the tops of walls.
Rosa rogosa - Excellent as an impenetrable hedge.
Mahonia aquafolium - Good used among other prickly shrubs or under windows.
Acanthus - Grow lethal spines on the flower heads, a spectacular plant. Plant near any vulnerable access point, but be careful it is not where children could get scratched.

Central Tollcross Community Safety Initiative.
Partnership Working

Between 22nd and 29th March and in partnership with the City of Edinburgh Council and various local groups, Lothian and Borders Police took part in a community safety initiative which focused of many aspects of community improvement including:
  • Reduce Crime and ASB and reduce perceptions of crime
  • Increase confidence in local agencies
  • Make the area Cleaner, Greener and Safer
  • Domestic Crime Prevention Surveys
  • Concentrated street cleansing
  • Road inspections and repairs
  • Waste Transfer Checks
  • Road Checks
  • High visibility patrols by all partners
  • Trade waste inspections and advice
  • Street lighting repairs
  • Licensed Premises Initiatives
  • Fly posting and Graffiti removal
  • Portable and mobile CCTV deployment
  • Tackle Antisocial and criminal behaviour
  • Dog fouling initiatives
  • Litter pick
  • Fire Safety Checks
  • Cycle Safety
Over 2000 homes in the central Tollcross area were given crime prevention information packs and multi agency follow up work was done to all common stairs and homes where issues were highlighted. A full analysis of this excellent initiative is currently in progress. It was another demonstration of how effective partnership working is in addressing community issues.

Useful Numbers

  And Finally...

Community Beat Officer for Marchmont

PC 4601A Yocksan Bell

St Leonards Station Inspector
Inspector Ian Moffat

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

Crimestoppers (confidential)
0800 555 111
  March has been a very busy and productive month for all St Leonards Safer Neighbourhood Team officers in the Meadows and Morningside area.

The increased coverage provided by the new teams resources has been of great benefit with a more visible police presence. Both our partners and the public have commented onthis favorably.

We have had several successful initiatives running over the last month with police operations to combat the supplyof alcohol and cigarettes to underage children. Between 22nd and 30thMarch a successful Central Tollcross Initiative Week took place. This had the police working in strong partnership for a cleaner, greener, safer and well maintained environment.

Looking ahead,a Pubwatch system is currently being put in place in the Tollcross area to increase information sharing between licensed premises. Starting on 2ndMarch there will be a high visibility police operation to deal with the increase in mainly youth related anti social behaviour in the school Easter holidays. This has been run in tandem with increased visits to local secondary schools prior to the holidays.

Ian Moffat
Inspector St Leonards Sector.