Welcome to this monthly newsletter which is designed to give you an idea of local policing issues relevant to your area. It is compiled by PC Eric McLeod your local Community Beat Officer stationed at Howden Hall Police Station. The Gilmerton beat covers the area from Malbet estate to Candlemaker Park estate and between Gilmerton and Lasswade Roads.
There were 53 crimes reported in June.These crimes include Road Traffic offences along with crimes against the person and property.To date twenty two of these crimes have been solved. Eleven of the crimes related to malicious damage to property including motor vehicles As culprits are rarely seen committing this offence it is a particularly difficult crime to solve.
Having enjoyed a two-month period of no reported break ins to property there were seven recorded break ins this month. Four garden sheds including three in Drum Avenue were broken into and property including children’s bikes and golf clubs were taken. Elderly residents owned some of the sheds. If you have elderly neighbours or relatives its worth checking on them and ensuring their sheds and homes are secure. I will gladly call and carry out home visits to discuss home security.
A local male has been reported for several thefts from properties when he entered insecure homes and stole items including cash and computer games.
FREE ADVICE ON HOME SECURITY AND PERSONAL SAFETY CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE COMMUNITY SAFETY DEPARTMENT.
There were no reports of vehicles being stolen in June however a car in Moredun Dykes Road had its registration plates stolen.
Three vehicles were impounded after drivers were caught using the vehicles without insurance and for other Road Traffic offences.A pink girls mountain bike was stolen in Carnbee Avenue after it had been left unattended.
If you have any information regarding these crimes or crime in general contact the police or CRIMESTOPPERS on
0800 555 111
All calls are treated in confidence.
Two thousand pounds worth of diesel was stolen from a company in Gilmerton Road. Similar crimes were reported in the Summer of 2008.
Two females were reported for an incident in Gilmerton Dykes Street when they stole cash from a taxi and ran off.
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Ensuring a highly visible policing presence in the Howdenhall sector at key times is particularly important for reasons of reassurance and deterrence, and will remain my priority as the light nights continue. I am please to report that there has been a significant fall in all recorded crime for the area of 12%, compared to the same period last year. Much of this is due to the efforts of officers from all the teams, not least the Neighbourhood Action Unit and Community Officers, in being seen in their communities, gathering intelligence, and targeting their activities towards crime prevention.
Nonetheless, I would highlight a recent trend of a rise in crimes of dishonesty, and in particular thefts from vehicles, and theft of pedal cycles. In these regards, I would encourage residents to secure their property appropriately and report any suspicious activity, either directly to us on the numbers on the left or to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
PC Eric McLeod
PC Carlyn McGhee - Community Safety Officer
INSPECTOR Alun Williams
HOWDENHALL POLICE STATION
Tel No. 0131-666-2222
Fax No. 0131 672 1787
COMMUNITY SAFETY DEPARTMENT
0131-221-2050 / 2100
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