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Community and Neighbourhood Watch News

ISSUE 70 June 2010

'Work With Us'

City Wide

Divisional Commanders Message

World Cup fever is almost upon us, and Lothian and Borders Police are prepared for a busy few weeks throughout the competition. Supporters are likely to descend onto the Capital’s pubs and clubs to watch the matches and enjoy the good natured atmosphere in the city centre. We have a strict plan in place to make sure our licensed premises are supported throughout the period, and will be conducting regular checks and patrols to ensure the city remains a safe place to visit, live, and work in. We are heavily involved in the Scottish Government’s National Violence Prevention Plan, and a key aspect of this is ensuring that people who are out socialising do so safely and without causing disruption.

Officers from our Safer Communities department have organised a ‘mini World Cup’ with children from the Royal High School in the city. Fifth year pupils, as well of some of our fitter police officers, will be representing the various nations taking part and holding a series of matches. The winning team will receive a handsome cup kindly donated by the West Edinburgh Community Safety Panel. These events are excellent ways for our officers to take part in diversionary activities and engage with young people in an informal environment and best of luck to all involved!

Chief Superintendent Gill Imery, Divisional Commander.

Hot Topics

Summer “Slip In” Thefts

At this time of year we regularly notice a rise in the number of “Slip In” thefts. These are committed in a number of ways; the most common being when you are in the garden and the thief slips into your house through an insecure door or window and steals your valuables. Similarly if it’s a nice day and you leave windows or doors insecure whilst you go about your business inside the house you are leaving your property open to criminals.

Remember, it only takes a second to slip in and steal cash, credit cards, jewellery, digital camera, MP3 player, laptop or even your car.
  • If you are in your back garden, make sure that your front door is locked and secured, not just on the Yale lock as these are easy to overcome. Similarly if you have a conservatory or patio doors at the rear of your home it is important to secure them to prevent anyone slipping in whilst you’re working in your garden. In the rare event that we experience a particularly warm and pleasant summer, do not be tempted to leave your windows open when you’re out of the house. Open windows can be an invitation to thieves and always remember to keep your car keys safe. Modern cars are virtually impossible to steal without the true key so don’t leave them lying around in vulnerable areas. Keep your keys with you or secure them in a safe place, not on a key hook or near the front door.

Local News

Beat SM46

Welcome to the June 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 May 2010.

PC4601A Yocksan Bell – SNT

Crime Summary
In May 62 crimes were reported in your ward. This is in line with the April figure. 10 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.

Incident Summary
During May 2010 there were 238 incidents reported to Police in your area.

This is a rise on the April figure of 186 which in some part will be due to the arrival of the better weather.

Of these only 13 were graded as 1, ie. emergencies that required an immediate response. 81 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 (37 or 15%) were referred to different agencies for action.

There were only 8 youth related calls to the SM46 area, which equates to the monthly average.


  • 2 Males (27 and 20 years old) were arrested for a Breach of the Peace.
  • A 17 year old male was arrested for attempting to steal a car.
  • A 25 year old male was reported for stealing a pedal cycle.
  • 2 males were reported for urinating in a public place.

During May 3 premises were broken into (1 where property was stolen and 2 where nothing was taken). Again, intruders gained easy access to one flat only having to overcome the yale lock.
All remain unsolved at the moment and are still under investigation.

The last 12 months has seen 42% of all housebreaking crime SOLVED in the SM46 beat area.

Vehicle Related Crime
Each month we deal with a number of crimes relating to vehicles. During may there were 11 such crimes reported as follows:
2 x thefts from vehicles which were broken into
1 x Attempted theft of a vehicle
4 x vandalisms to vehicles
4 x theft from vehilces

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 May there a further 12 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.


Useful Numbers

  And Finally...

PC 4601A Yocksan Bell - SNT

PC 5862A Scott McArthur - SNT

St Leonards Station Inspector
Inspector Andrew Mclaughlin

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
  Your local Safer Neighbourhood Team are committed to tackling anti-social behaviour in your area. In the coming months, with the advent of good weather, we ask that if you witness any incidents of anti-social behaviour you contact your local officer by phone or email.

We appreciate your help in this matter and with your support we will continue to address this issue that affects the quality of life of the residents in our area.