Divisional Commanders Message
The recent run of good weather has been a welcome introduction to the summer months, with more people out enjoying the sunshine and mild temperatures.
In policing terms, this change in season can often spell a shift in the types of crime that are committed. In particular, we can often see a rise in crimes such as thefts to garden sheds and garages, as well as a rise in the number of ‘bogus callers’. I would always encourage you to be aware of people trying to gain access to your home, or those selling services door-to-door.
The summer months can often also signal a rise in street drinking, and we continually work with our partners in the City of Edinburgh Council to ensure this does not bring a rise in anti social behaviour or associated crime. Drinking in public spaces is not an offence in Edinburgh, however we will ensure it does not affect the enjoyment of others living or visiting the area, including enforcing byelaws that are in place in areas of the city.
Finally, I’m sure many of you will have seen coverage of the Royal wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton. While we do not expect the same crowds to descend on Edinburgh for the wedding of Zara Phillips and Mike Tyndall in July, our events planning sections are still making plans for this event to ensure it passes without incident and is a success. This, combined with the upcoming Armed Forces Day, means we are guaranteed a busy and exciting summer of policing ahead.
Chief Superintendent Gill Imery, 'A' Divisional Commander.
As mentioned, visits from Bogus Workers tend to increase in the summer months, below is some advice on how to help ensure you don’t fall victim:
- Cold Callers/Bogus Workmen turn up on the doorstep unannounced with good excuses such as ‘just happen to be working in the area’ ‘you have some loose slates.’ Never let a casual caller do any work on your property; be that gardening; roofing or laying/repairing your drive. Thank them and inform them that your tradesman will look at it. Most reputable companies do not operate in this manner.
- What do Bogus Workmen look like? They are usually very plausible people dressed for the part.
- Who is at risk from them and when? We all are but they tend to prey on the more vulnerable and will usually call through the day.
- What can you do? Be prepared. Are you expecting someone to call? Check the person on the doorstep is genuine; most service providers carry identification, use the phone book to get the telephone number to contact the company to confirm. Best of all only deal with callers by appointment.
- Don’t keep large sums of money in your home.
- Keep front and back doors locked even if you are just in the garden.
If suspicious persons are in the area - phone the police - give a good description of them and most importantly give the registration number, make/model, and colour of any vehicle involved.