Community & Neighbourhood Watch News: Gilmerton - August 2009

posted 27 Aug 2009, 07:23 by South Edinburgh Net Admin   [ updated 2 Sep 2009, 01:56 ]
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 62 crimes reported in July. These crimes include Road Traffic offences along with crimes against the person and property. To date  twenty two of these crimes have been solved. Ten 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.

 


CRIME

 

There were no reports of break ins to properties this month. There have been a number of thefts in the Southside by culprit’s entering properties via insecure doors. Always secure your property.

 

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 July however an insecure car in Guardwell Crescent was entered and a handbag and a sat nav were stolen. The car was only left insecure for a few minutes while the owner was in their house. This highlights how swiftly an opportunist thief will strike.

 

A van in Gilmerton Dykes Road had its sat nav system stolen after a window was smashed.

Three vehicles were impounded after drivers were caught using the vehicles without insurance and for other Road Traffic offences.

 

A blue male Jupiter mountain bike was stolen in Lasswade Road after it had been left insecure and unattended outside shops.

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.

 


MISCELLANEOUS

 

There have been relatively few complaints of youths causing any problems in the area during July. This is in keeping with recent months and a welcome change in recent years. It is particularly pleasing to note that calls to Morrison’s in Gilmerton Road have fallen dramatically.

 

CAR BUYERS BE VIGILANT

 

There have been a number of recent incidents where buyers have unwittingly purchased stolen vehicles advertised in trade magazines.

Always be sure of the origin of the car prior to parting with your money.

Always ensure the 17-character VIN number, which is normally located under the bonnet, matches that of the logbook and hasn’t been tampered with. Meticulously go through all the paperwork.

Finally if it appears too good to be true invariably it is.

If you own an older car you are statistically more likely to have it stolen. To lessen your chances of becoming a victim try one or all of the following measures.

·         Fit an electronic engine immobiliser

·         Get an alarm fitted

·         Fit a steering wheel lock

·         Never leave keys unattended

Useful security advice can be found at www.thatcham.org - www.soldsecure and the Vehicle Security National Helpline on 0870 5502006


ITS YOUR COMMUNITY,HELP US TO KEEP IT

SAFE BY PASSING US INFORMATION


 

...and Finally

There have been a number of calls relating to the inappropriate and dangerous use of motorcycles and quad bikes in open spaces in the last weeks in our area.  Although there have been a number of these vehicles seized and persons charged, I would ask that you continue to raise your concerns, and identify to us those responsible.  This can be done anonymously if required, either via one of the contacts on the left, or by telephoning Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.  If we know where these bikes are being kept, we can prevent further incidents and make our paths and parks safer for everyone.

 

There is also an emerging trend linked to theft by slip in – basically someone entering unlocked buildings/houses and stealing from within – and also the theft of pedal cycles.  Again, we have made arrests and identified perpetrators, but as ever, prevention is better than cure.  Please be vigilant in your home security, protect your property, and report any concerns. 

 

Alun Williams
Sector Inspector
Howdenhall Police Station.


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South Edinburgh Net Admin,
27 Aug 2009, 07:47
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