Gilmerton: Community and Neighbourhood Watch News - September 2009

posted 3 Oct 2009, 09:41 by South Edinburgh Net Admin   [ updated 3 Oct 2009, 09:57 ]
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 roughly covers the area from Malbet estate to Candlemaker Park estate and between Gilmerton and Lasswade Roads.

There were 74 crimes reported in August.These crimes include Road Traffic offences along with crimes against the person and property.To date 41 of these crimes have been solved.Seventeen 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.


Two males have been reported for breaking into an insecure property in Guardwell Crescent. A flat in Drum Street was entered when the door was forced with bodily pressure. Property including a safe and a computer were stolen. A garden shed was broken into on East Kilngate.It would appear tools removed from the shed were then used in an effort to force open the rear patio doors. Whenever possible secure items in your shed with bicycle locks or similar. Large items especially bikes and lawn mowers are particularly attractive to thieves.

A local male has been reported for breaking into vehicles in Carnbee Crescent and Malbet Wynd.

There were several reports of youths riding off road bikes in the Gilmerton Dykes Crescent area. Two males have been reported and one motorbike impounded. An Operation is being planned for later this month specifically targeting off road bikes in the Howden Hall area.

The Operation will follow a similar pattern to previous years with officers from the Road Policing Department,Howden Hall Police station and Environmental Wardens patrolling the area.

The community must know who are riding these bikes and where they are being stored. If you have any information to assist in catching the offenders I would urge you to contact the police.

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.


The Neighbourhood Action Unit (NAU) returned this month to their co-located base at the South Neighbourhood Office at Captain's Road after a period of renovation. The operational benefits of co-location are undeniable, and the positive impact during the short time since their return has been tangible and significant.

Working together with our partners has resulted in a series of high visibility visits and warnings, and most significantly, in developing and gathering local intelligence. Already the NAU has had a positive effect in resolving a number of neighbour/anti-social behaviour related issues, and significantly, in reinvigorating our youth intervention process. Daily discussions of every youth involved in asb has resulted in a string of visits and referrals, and targeted patrols to "hotspot areas" at key times. A 20% fall in youth calls compared to last year is an indication that we are improving the situation in your area.

The NAU is now sharing information with High Schools about pupils involved in asb outwith the school. This cohesive and interventionist approach is, in my view, the way forward. The NAU are currently preparing planned initiatives with Community and Team officers and our partner agencies for the October schools break and the Fireworks season. Please contact us on the numbers below with any comments, views and information you feel can help us make your area safer.

Inspector Alun Williams

PC Eric McLeod

PC Carlyn Simpson Community Safety Officer

INSPECTOR Alun  Williams

Tel No. 0131-666-2222
Fax No. 0131 672 1787

0131 311 3638

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