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ISSUE 71 July 2010

'Work With Us'

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Divisional Commanders Message

As the school holidays approach, Lothian and Borders Police are actively engaging with young people across the Division in order to make the summer months a safe and fun period. We have school link officers in secondary schools across the city, and they have been vital in educating our young people about how to keep themselves and their property secure this summer. Our officers also provide inputs, along with our partners at the City of Edinburgh Council, in various diversionary activities for local children, including everything from horse riding in the Pentlands to sailing at South Queensferry.

We have a number of high profile events happening throughout the summer and planning is well underway for all of them. The International Arts Festivals and Tattoo are just a couple of the fantastic events that really bring the city to life, and we are committed to making sure everyone who visits them can do so safely and enjoyably.

Chief Superintendent Gill Imery, Divisional Commander.

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Now that the holiday season is upon us, it is natural for people to relax and enjoy the warm weather. During the summer months, the population of Edinburgh swells with tourists from all over the world who come to enjoy our scenery, architecture and International Arts Festivals. Unfortunately the summer also presents additional opportunities for criminals keen to exploit people who have momentarily lowered their guard.

By considering the following advice you will make it difficult for these criminals to operate. This advice is equally relevant when you are abroad holiday.
  • Be careful when leaving windows and doors insecure even when you’re at home. Thieves can take this opportunity to slip in and help themselves to your valuables.
  • Bogus callers can take advantage of the summer weather to ply their trade round the doors. Always engage reputable companies for building and gardening works. Service providers will rarely call without making an appointment. Always check caller’s identification and IF IN DOUBT, KEEP THEM OUT!
  • Before you leave the house, ask yourself “Do I need my Laptop, MP3 player, camera and £500 cash with me?” If you don’t leave them at home.
  • Keep hold of your valuables. Don’tleave your jacket, bag, laptop, phone, camera or wallet unattended even for a few seconds. That’s all it takes for thieves to help themselves.
  • Beware of pickpockets. Don’t keep your wallet or purse in your bag. Carry cash in a pocket close to your body. It’s less likely to be stolen from there.
Remember; we live in a safe city but don’t tempt fate. Stay alert but above all enjoy the summer and take advantage of the host of attractions available in Edinburgh.