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A Division News April 2011

'with you for you'

  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. Similarly, the start of British summer time and the lighter evenings means we can often start to see a trend in seasonal crime, including bogus callers. Our local SNT officers are always on hand to deliver crime prevention advice to ensure that you and your neighbours are not victims of these types of crime.

For further information on bogus workmen or other aspects of crime prevention, please see theinformation on our website at

Alternatively, please contact your local team of officers using the contact details on the back page of this newsletter. They would be happy to discuss some simple and practical steps to keeping yourself and your home safe.

Edinburgh is lucky to be hosting a number of events this summer, and police planning is now well underway for all of them. As well as the wedding of Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall at the Canongate Kirk on 30th July, we also have Armed Forces Day and the State Opening of Parliament to look forward to. Our resources will be carefully managed to allow for resilience in the neighbourhoods too. We will ensure that local communities continue to receive a high quality of service.

Chief Superintendent Gill Imery, 'A' Divisional Commander.

Garden Crime - Nip it in the bud!

Spring is upon us and for some of us, thoughts turn to our gardens.

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 in your 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 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 at your house should be builtin such a way that it is difficult to climb.

Use a good quality closed shackle padlock on your shed door.

Importantly, the hasp and door hinges should be attached using coach bolts rather than screws to prevent simple removal.

Fit an internal wire mesh grille to protect your shed window.

You should keep valuable items in the house but if they must stay in the shed, chain/lock them up and security mark them. Consider a shed alarm.

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.

Finally - Don’t let any casual caller do work on your property, for example roofing, tarmacing driveways or gardening.

  Local Operation and initiatives

During the month of March there were a significant number of notable arrests in the Meadows/Mornigside area. Safer Neighbourhood Team Officers traced a male wanted in connection with a series of thefts from a dwelling house in the Merchiston area in 2010. After some protracted enquiry by local officers the male was detained, interviewed and charged with numerous counts of theft. The same male was also identified as being responsible for a theft in the Bruntsfield area.

During interview the male made admissions to several other crimes in the area. As a result of this he was cautioned and charged with eleven offences including theft by housebreaking. A male from the Wester Hailes area was identified as being responsible for a number of thefts from motor vehicles in the area, he was subsequently arrested and charged with around ten crimes. Information was received in relation to suspicious activity in a flat in Bruntsfield Place. The premises were then searched under warrant during which a significant quantity of controlled drugs were discovered and seized by Police.

In an effort to increase community engagement across the area, raise the profile of the organisation St. Leonards SNT officers are being equipped with pedal cycles. This will provide officers with a highly mobile and flexible means of patrolling designated areas. It will also serve to provide high visibility patrols in areas not usually covered by mobile or foot patrols and increase public reassurance.

The March edition of the newsletter contained an appeal for information in relation to an 84-year-old female who was a victim of a robbery in the Grange area. Subsequent to this, three similar incidents in the same area were reported to Police. As a result of these incidents St. Leonards Safer Neighbourhood Team Officers carried out high visibility and plainclothes patrols in the area to try and trace the suspect. It was whilst on these patrols that two officers observed a male who matched the description of the suspect standing in a bus stop near to where the crimes had been committed. After a short foot chase the male was apprehended and subsequently cautioned and charged with several offences. After appearing at court the male was remanded in custody pending the trial.

After information was received from local residents regarding possible drugs supply in the Dumbiedykes area two search warrants were granted under the Misuse if Drugs Act 1971 and executed at two addresses. One of the searches uncovered a small quantity of cannabis.

Enquiries are ongoing to try and establish the owner of the drugs. If anyone has any information in relation to possible drug dealing in their area they are asked to contact their local SNT officer.

After complaints from staff and parents at Sciennes Primary School regarding speeding and parking a week long initiative was carried out by SNT officers. During the week several drivers were issued fixed penalty tickets for minor road traffic offences.

  Appeal for information

In 2010 St. Leonards Safer Neighbourhood Team in conjunction with partners at the City of Edinburgh Council implemented new byelaws preventing the consumption of alcohol in areas which have been blighted by street drinkers and anti-social behaviour. In the coming months with the onset of the better weather Police are appealing to members of the public to contact Police if they observe anyone contravening the byelaws in Nicolson Square and Bristo Square.

High visibility patrols will be increased in these areas over the coming months. Proxy buying of alcohol has been highlighted as being an issue throughout the area. Police would like to remind members of the public that it is an offence for any person to supply alcohol to a person under the age of 18 years. During the coming months Safer Neighbourhood Team Officers will be conducting plain-clothes patrols around licensed premises to detect any such activity.

Shopkeepers have also been informed to report anything suspicious to Police.

Local Priorities

Between 21st – 25th March 2011, a joint initiative between St.Leonards SNT Officers, Environmental Wardens from the City of Edinburgh Council and Boroughmuir High School was carried out in response to complaints from some of the residents of Bruntsfield and Merchiston regarding school children congregating on the pavements and littering during school breaks. Daily patrols took place with Police working alongside Environmental Wardens and Teachers from the school. All pupils in the area were informed of the complaints.

Boroughmuir High School have agreed to conduct a Responsibilities Week during which one of the priorities will be to address issues of littering in the area. No offences were detected during the operation, however SNT officers will continue to monitor the situation.

A scheme has been launched across Scotland to keep children safer from sexual predators.

Keeping Children Safe was launched on 31st March in Lothian and the Borders, following successful rollout in other areas of the country.

The scheme means that parents, carers and guardians of children under 18, can ask the police for information about whether a person who has contact with that child has a record for sexual offences against children.

If it’s found the person in question does pose a risk of harm to the child concerned, information may be given to the parent, carer or guardian as a protective measure. If there is serious or immediate risk, measures to protect that child will be taken immediately.

Anyone wanting to raise a concern regarding a child in their care can do so directly by visiting their local police station or by calling Lothian and Borders Police, where their call will be directed to the ‘Keeping Children Safe’ co-ordinator.

For more information, visit

  A Division

City of Edinburgh help and advice National freephone helplines

Lothian and Borders Police
Non emergency
0131 311 3131

Lothian & Borders Fire & Rescue Service
Fire safety advice:
(freephone) 0800 169 0320

Lothian Gay and Lesbian Switchboard
0131 556 4049
0131 557 0751 (lesbian)

For emotional advice if you are feeling depressed or suicidal:
0131 221 9999 (Edinburgh)
08457 90 90 90 (National)

Shakti Women’s Aid
Support and information for black minority ethnic women experiencing domestic abuse:
0131 475 2399

Signposts people with disability to a wide range of services:
0131 669 1600

Victim Support
01896 751 212

Women’s Aid
0131 3158 110

(calls may not be free from mobile phones)

Breathing Space
For emotional advice if you are feeling depressed:
0800 838 587

Help for people aged 18 or under:
0800 11 11

Know the Score
Free confidential drugs information and advice:
0800 587 587 9

Message Home
Get a message home for free if you have run away:
0800 700 740

National Debtline
0808 808 4000

National Domestic Violence Helpline
0808 2000 247

National Missing Persons Helpline
0500 700 700

Runaway Helpline
0808 800 7070

Scottish Domestic Abuse Line
0800 027 1234

Shelter’s Free Housing Advice Helpline
0808 800 4444

Lesbian, gay and bisexual charity:
08000 50 20 20

Womens Aid
0808 2000 247

Call 0800 555 111 (24 hours)
Meadows/Morningside Safer Neighbourhood Team
Southside/Newington Safer Neighbourhood Team
Call 0131 662 5016/5017
City of Edinburgh Council
Environmental Wardens - Call 0131 529 7440
Antisocial Behaviour Helpline - Call 0131 529 7050 (24 hours)