The Police have written to us about changes in how Community Policing will be handled, including attendance at Community Council meetings and the provision of a Police Report on activities in our area. Happily, the local police contact email for members of the public remains the same, and is given at the end of their letter below:
Police attendance at Community Council meetings
Prior to 1st April 2020, the City of Edinburgh Council funded dedicated community officers to undertake a number of functions/roles within each ward area and within the South West of Edinburgh, there were 2 officers dedicated to each ward.
Those “funded” officers were previously ring fenced for the purpose of undertaking focused community engagement, taking ownership of issues within their area of responsibility and being a point of contact for a number of partners, groups and the local community.
Part of this role included regular attendance at community councils within their ward area including a report that was delivered by one of the officers.
As a result of the withdrawal of Council funding, we no longer have specific officers dedicated to a particular ward area, however, instead have a community team who collectively address local issues and undertake patrols and initiatives accordingly across the South West locality wherever that priority and/or need arise.
In relation to mandatory attendance at the respective community councils, we no longer have the capacity to commit to attendance for all meetings. Any attendance or report submitted will now have to be balanced with current workload and/or operational commitments at the material time, therefore, I am writing to address your expectations going forward around our attendance at your meetings in the future.
We will still endeavor to attend meetings where we can and provide a report, however, this may not always be possible.
The community team now have a single mailbox that is regularly monitored which I have included below and can be used for getting in touch with us:
Sergeant Alex Dickson E5512
Covid Restrictions Update:
Temporary steps announced to tackle record infection rates, from 6pm Friday 9/10 to Sunday 25 October, inclusive.
The new measures for Lothian are:
- All licensed premises to close, except takeaway services
- Cafés which don’t have an alcohol licence can open from 6am to 6pm
- Takeaways (including from pubs and restaurants) can continue
- Evening meals may be served in accommodation for residents but no alcohol can be served
- Specific life events, such as weddings and funerals, may continue with alcohol, with current meeting rules of 20 person in regulated premises only
- No group exercise classes for indoor gyms and sports courts, pools with an exemption for under 18s
- No adult (18+) contact sports or training, except professional sports, indoor or outdoor
- No outdoor live events
- Snooker/pool halls, indoor bowling, casinos and bingo halls are to close
- Public transport use should be minimised as much as possible, such as for education and work, where it cannot be done from home
- Current meeting rules, maximum of six people from two households, continue to apply
From this weekend, shops across Scotland are asked to return to two metres physical distancing and to reintroduce one-way systems.
More information on the Scottish Government website, including Nationwide restrictions: https://www.gov.scot
Our Trading Standards team want to alert the public to a scam offering an alarm system for calling for assistance. Hoax calls are made claiming to be from the doctors surgery. If in doubt hang up - the person will always call back or write to you if it’s important #beatscams
Here are some leaflets giving Police Scotland advice on home security, personal information security, personal safety. Please click the graphics to download full-sized leaflets. Please also distribute them as much as possible.
There has been an increase in Bogus Workmen/Distraction Theft incidents in the wider Edinburgh area in recent weeks. Please see below advice in relation to this:
Most people who call at your door will be genuine, but sometimes someone may turn up unannounced with the intention of tricking their way into your home.
If someone calls:
LOCK – Keep your front, back, & side doors locked, even when you are home.
STOP – Before you answer, stop & think if you are expecting anyone. Check that you have locked the back door & taken the key out. Look through a spy hole to see who it is.
CHAIN – If you decide to open the door, put the door chain or door bar on first if you have one. Keep this on while you are talking to the person on the doorstep.
CHECK – Even if they have a pre-arranged appointment, check identity cards carefully. Close the door while you do this. If you are still unsure, look up a phone number in the phone book or online & ring the organisation to verify their identity. Do not use a phone number on the identity card as this may be fake.
Bogus callers may be smartly dressed & claim to be from the council, police, or utility company. They can also turn up as builders, gardeners, or other trades & try to trick you into paying for unnecessary work. You should never agree to have work done by someone who is just ‘cold calling’. If you think work needs done get at least three quotes from trusted companies.
Use The Edinburgh Trusted Trader Scheme to find tradespeople who have been checked & vetted by both Police & Trading Standards officers. Information on this Scheme can be found here- http://ow.ly/nPfT50ybKfx or by phoning 0131 513 9921.
If you think a bogus caller or doorstep criminal has called on you, or been in your street, report this to the police immediately on ‘101’ non-emergency or ‘999’ in an emergency.
If you would rather remain anonymous, you can report incidents to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
For further crime prevention advice- https://www.scotland.police.uk/…/home-and-personal-property/ or contact your local Crime Prevention Officer by contacting ‘101’.
- Remember to keep windows locked.
- Remove the keys and keep them out of sight in a safe place.
- If your front and back doors are not secure, neither is your home. Keep them locked even when you’re at home
- Make sure doors, locks and frames are strong and in good condition.
- Consider fitting five-leaver mortise deadlocks to all external doors.
- Never leave a spare key in a convenient hiding place such as under the doormat, in a flowerpot etc.
- Never leave your house or car keys in or near a door or window.
- Good outdoor lighting can put off or draw attention to a housebreaker.
- Use high-efficiency low-energy lighting controlled by a dusk-to-daw switch so that it comes on only when it’s dark.
- Lights can also incorporate a movement sensor, which brightens the light if activated.
Gardens, gates and fences:
- Fit a strong, lockable, high gate across the passageway to stop a thief getting to the back of your home where they can work without being disturbed.
- Housebreakers don’t like gravel, it’s noisy to walk on.
- A hedge along the boundary of your property can put thieves off, make sure that passers-by can still see the front of your home so that a thief can’t work without being seen.
- Never leave it unlocked.
- Additional bolts can be used to secure a garage door.
- Consider using a garage defender.
- Use a good quality padlock and fit coach bolts to hinge and hasp plates.
- Secure your shed window internally with a metal grill.
- Padlock and chain valuable items in your shed.
- Consider anchoring pushbikes to something secure (ie floor or wall)
Alarms / CCTV:
- Many homes are alarmed or covered by CCTV and may act as a deterrent, but your homes physical security is still paramount.
- Consider whether you need an audible-only alarm or a monitored alarm.
- Consider the quality of images needed for CCTV and night-time recording abilities.
- It is good practice to mark property, and ideally keep photographic detailed records of valuables. (ie pushbikes)
If you see anyone acting suspiciously in your neighbourhood, call the police on 999 or 101.
Contact our local Community Policing Team ,Sergeant Kieran Dougal, Constable David Crow and Constable Eric Jones, on:
And catch dates of local home security events on Twitter at @EdinPolSW
For further information please look at the following websites: