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A Division News February 2011

'with you for you'

  Divisional Commanders Message

Planning has begun for another busy schedule of events this year. Our planning department is already looking ahead to a number of high profile sporting fixtures and Royal Visits, alongside Armed Forces Day, and the State Opening of Parliament.

The Police Board has approved our budget for the upcoming year and it is positive news that our officer numbers are being maintained, ensuring we can fulfil our commitment to a consistently high level of service and response across Edinburgh.

In August 2010 Lothian and Borders Police launched a ‘public perception’ survey to find out the views from local communities on policing and community safety.

The results of this survey are now being analysed and will be available down to Ward level in Edinburgh, allowing us to shape our policing efforts within the capital’s communities in the coming months and years. Our Safer Neighbourhood Teams (SNT) are committed to establishing the priorities of local people and continually working to address concerns and shape our policing activity.

A full version of the survey is due to be published on our Force website in the coming weeks.

Chief Superintendent Gill Imery, 'A' Divisional Commander.

Housebreaking - Don’t Become A Victim

Before leaving your home make sure all windows are properly secured and importantly any window locks fitted are used. Good window locks prevent the window frame from being opened and require the housebreaker to remove all window glass before they would consider climbing through for fear of cutting themselves. Almost every housebreaker is a repeat offender whose DNA is held by the Police and the tiniest blood trace left behind will lead us directly to them. As a result most will not consider climbing through a broken window.

Ensure that you don’t leave the window lock key where it can be easily reached by the housebreaker or they will simply reach the key through the broken window and use it to open the window frame to gain access.

Do not leave tilt & turn or hopper windows slightly open, even if locked in position as it is easy to lever them open.

  Local Operation and initiatives

Operation Deposit

From 7th - 13th February 2011 St. Leonards SNT along with the City of Edinburgh Council and various partner agencies launched Operation Deposit - Morningside Week of Action. This intensive period of partnership activity was aimed at the Morningside and Bruntsfield areas.

The intention was to deal with the area’s needs, community concerns and identify trends through statistical analysis.

Police and Environmental Wardens carried out joint patrols, mounted Police and officers on pedal cycles were also on patrol for the duration.

During the week the various areas known to be hot spots for anti-social behaviour were targeted, licensed premises were also visited throughout the week with very few offences being reported.

The information point at the Merlin Public House was used as a hub where members of the public could get a range of information on crime prevention, road safety and advice on other services available to them.

Partnership Working

St. Leonards Safer Neighbourhood Team are aiming to tackle anti-social behaviour, street drinking and graffiti in a week long initiative in the Nicolson Street area. It is hoped that the week of action will commence in April, during which there will be joint patrols with Police and Environmental Wardens, along with plain clothes and high visibility patrols.

CCTV vans will be utilised throughout the week in an effort to curb some of the anti-social behaviour experienced in the area.

If anyone has any specific issues that they feel could be addressed during the initiative they are asked to contact their local SNT Officers.

A 37-year-old male from the Southside who was making the lives of his neighbours a misery due to his anti-social behaviour was arrested and charged with breaching the terms of his ASBO.

The male appeared at court on Monday 21st December 2010 and was sentenced to six months imprisonment.

  Appeal for information

Recently there has been a spate of fires in the Rankeillor Street and Clark Street areas.

It was suspected that one of these fires started as a result of discarded items of furniture and rubbish with the basement area of a tennement building being set alight.

Police are appealing to members of the public to check the security to the communal parts of their building and ensure that any faults are rectified as soon as possible.

If a member of the public notices a build up of rubbish in their stair they should contact the City of Edinburgh Council, any suspicous activity should be reported to the Safer Neighbourhood Team at St. Leonards.

Police are also appealing for witnesses after a spate of vandalisms in the Prestonfield area.

Overnight from the 15th into 16th February, six cars had their drivers wing mirror damaged. The incidents all took place in Prestonfield Avenue. Anyone with any information should contact the Safer Neighbourhood Team.

Local Priorities

At the Priority Settings Group Meetings in January the following priorities were agreed;


  • Drug/alcohol fuelled anti-social behaviour in Southside in general including Nicolson Square, Hill Square, St Patrick’s Square, Bristo Square and also the Meadows, Middle Meadow Walk.
  • Inconsiderate cycling and bike security.
  • Speeding on Peffermill Road and surrounding area.


  • Traffic Issues around local schools (in particular George Watsons College, St. Peters and South Morningside Primary School’s).
  • Youths blocking pavements outside takeaways and littering outside take-away’s on Holy Corner and Bruntsfield Place.
  • Careless and inconsiderate cycling throughout the area.

Over the coming months Officers from St. Leonards Safer Neighbourhood Team and the various partner agencies will be addressing these priorities, carrying out focussed high visibility foot and pedal cycle patrols throughout the area.

  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 5096
City of Edinburgh Council
Environmental Wardens - Call 0131 529 7440
Antisocial Behaviour Helpline - Call 0131 529 7050 (24 hours)