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Community and Neighbourhood Watch News

ISSUE 72 August 2010

'Work With Us'

City Wide

Divisional Commanders Message

I am delighted to announce the launch of our new community policing structure in Edinburgh. From 21st September, the Safer Neighbourhood Team structure will be rolled out across the city. Our SNTs have already had a successful trial in the South and East areas of Edinburgh and I am delighted that our officers are going to be even more committed to community engagement than ever before. For more details, please see our website or contact your local community officer.

With the busy summer season now in full swing, I am encouraged by the dedication our officers are showing in keeping communities safe while the Division is working hard to police the many events taking place across the city. Our Community Officers provide a vital role throughout this period, by ensuring that local issues remain at the fore. The city of Edinburgh comes alive throughout the months of August, and A Division is committed to making sure everyone who works, lives, and visits Edinburgh can do so safely.

Chief Superintendent Gill Imery, Divisional Commander.

Hot Topics


It's festival time again and many of you will be joining the many visitors to the city at Festival and Fringe events throughout August. While out and about socialising, many people leave the car at home and opt for public transport.

While Edinburgh's public transport network is safe, there are simple steps that can be taken to minimise the risk of becoming a victim of crime while travelling on public transport.

When taking the bus:
  • Plan your route in advance and research the bus schedule to minimise time spent waiting at stops.
  • Have your ticket or change handy. This ensures your wallet or purse stays out of sight.
  • If a bus is quiet, sit downstairs, close to the driver.
  • Don't be afraid to approach the driver if you have a problem or feel uneasy.
  • Keep your bag fastened and close to you.
  • Switch your mobile from ring to vibrate and be discrete when using it.
Remember only 'black hackney' taxi cabs are entitled to pick you up on the street without a pre-arranged booking. For safety reasons if using a private hire car always:
  • Choose a reputable firm and carry their telephone number with you.
  • When the taxi arrives, ask the name of the company as well as the person the driver is to collect.
  • Never get into a taxi you have not asked for.
  • If possible share a taxi with a friend.
  • Sit in the back and don't give personal information to the driver.
  • If the driver makes you feel uneasy ask them to stop at a busy public place and let you out.

Local News

Beat SM46

Welcome to the August 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 July 2010.

PC4601A Yocksan Bell – SNT

In July 60 crimes were reported in your ward. This is just below the June figure which was 64. 15 (25%) of these crimes have already been solved with the rest still under investigation. A general breakdown of some of these crimes is listed in this newsletter. Well over half of all crimes reported to our Beat are related to theft. Be VIGILANT and report all suspicious activity.

During July 2010 there were 195 incidents reported to Police in your area.

This is 5 more than previous month’s figure of 190.

Of these only 20 were graded as 1, ie. emergencies that required an immediate response. 50 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 Safer Neighbourhood Team officer or may not have needed a Police response at all.

A significant proportion of these jobs (23 or 12%) were referred to different agencies for action and mainjly related to noise related incidents.

There were only 11 youth related calls to the SM46 area and is lower than average.

Notable arrests in your area
  • A 15-year-old was reported for theft of a motor vehicle from Lauriston and one 16-year-old for another theft of a car in Warrander Park Road.
  • An 18–year-old male was arrested for a theft by Housebreaking in Home Street
  • A 44-year-old male was reported for a Breach of the Peace in Home Street.
  • A 19-year-old male was arrested for Urinating in public in Brougham Street.
During July 5 premises were broken into.
Again, intruders gained easy access to three flats only having to overcome the yale lock One has been solved to date with the remainder still under investigation.

DOUBLE LOCK doors and windows every time to greatly reduce this crime. Ensure that common stair doors are working properly and verify identity of all callers BEFORE allowing entry.

Vehicle Related Crime
Each month we deal with a number of crimes relating to vehicles. During July there were a further 11 such crimes reported as follows:

3 x Theft of vehicles
4 x Theft from vehicles
1 x Vandalisms to vehicles
3 x Break in’s to vehicles where items were stolen.

The vast majority of these vehicle crimes took place in the Marchmont area. Park in a well lit area.

Never leave items on disply within your car.
Always activate alarms and stearing locks.

Theft of Pedal Cycles
During July there a further 7 reported thefts of bicycles. High value bikes are often sold through Gumtree or Ebay. Please be aware of this and assist us in checking these sites, as we do, for your stolen property If you can.

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.
Mobile Phone Theft
Thousands of mobile phones are stolen every month and young people are especially vulnerable. Using a mobile phone in a busy area advertises the fact that you have a desirable item and whilst talking on the phone, you’re unaware of who might be watching you. Where possible, use them out of public view and somewhere where you can see what is happening around you. Many mobile phones are stolen in pubs and nightclubs when they are left on a bar, table or on a nearby seat. Open handbags also prove tempting for thieves, as do rucksacks; coats left hanging on chairs and phones left unattended in vehicles and other places.

By taking a few simple steps you can reduce your risk of becoming a victim of mobile phone theft. Remember Mobile Phones are expensive items and very attractive to a thief.
  • Only make essential calls in the street.
  • Security mark your phone with a postcode and house number using an ultra-violet pen. The best place is underneath the battery near to the SIM card and on the back of the battery.
  • Be discreet when using your mobile phone and be aware of what is happening around you.
  • Don’t use it in crowded situations where it can be easily snatched from you.
  • Don’t text while you walk.
  • Don’t leave it unattended.
  • Use the Pin Code facility.
  • Don’t wear it on your belt where it can be snatched.
  • If the worst should happen and it gets stolen then report the theft to the police and get the handset barred by phoning your network provider you will need your IMEI number to do this. In this way the handset is then useless to a thief.
Going away for the holidays?
Thieves are often on the look-out for homes that look empty, particularly during holiday-times, as they know a lot of people go away. Followour advice to help prevent your home from being a victim of robbery.

Make your home look like someone is living in it, e.g. don't close your curtains. In daytime this shows your house is empty. Also, use automatic timer-switches to turn your lights and radios on when it goes dark. You can do this even if you are just going out for the evening.
Cancel any newspaper or milk deliveries.
Use the Royal Mail's “keepsafe” service – they keep your mail for up to 2 months while you're away. Mail sitting on your doorstep is a sign that you are away.
  • Trusted neighbours may be able to help you by collecting your post, opening and closing curtains and they could park their car on your driveway
  • Avoid discussing holiday plans where strangers may hear details of your absence from home
  • Try not to take a taxi to the airport. If you do, use a taxi company you can rely on, don't discuss your holiday plans and make it sound like you have a house-sitter, whether you do or not
  • Cut the lawns and trim back any plants that thieves could hide behind
  • Leave important documents and valuable items with other family members or a bank. Alternatively lock them in a safe
  • Do not put your home address on your luggage when you are travelling to your holiday destination. A house number and postcodewill suffice if you want to label your luggage Crimestoppers crime prevention advice - protecting your home while on holiday
  • If you normally leave valuable bicycles or similar items in your shed, consider putting them in the house
  • Make sure that you lock all outside doors and windows and set your burglar alarm if you have one

Useful Numbers

  And Finally...

PC 4601A Yocksan Bell - SNT

PC 5862A Scott McArthur - SNT

St Leonards Station Inspector
Inspector Andrew Mclaughlin

Sgt 11158A Scott Casey - SNT

Force Communications Centre
(For non-emergency crimes or disorder)
Tel: 0131 311 3131

St Leonards Police Station
Safer Neighbourhood Team
0131 662 5093 / 5096

Community Safety Department
Tel: 0131 221 2050 / 2100

Crimestoppers (confidential)
0800 555 111

St Leonards Police Station
Tel: 0131 662 5000
  Safer Neighbourhood Team officers are currently tackling anti social behaviour across the ward by means of foot patrols and intelligence led stop and searches.
We are keen to tackle the ongoing problem of graffiti and I request that you contact us with any information which maybe relevant.
This month officers are also taking part in two partnership led initiatives.
Firstly to engage with people begging throughout the Ward and secondly to keep our community safe whilst attending various events in the Fringe and Festival.

  • Don’t let a bad decision ruin a good night out.
  • Violence is preventable not inevitable.
  • Excess consumption of alcohol increases the risk of violence.
Allan Campbell
Sector Sergeant
St Leonards Police Station