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Call it In to Keep it Out- Vandalism and Anti-Social Behaviour

 At our recent ColCC meeting we discussed incidents of vandalism and anti-social behaviour in the village. It was felt such incidents have increased during the pandemic, but we cannot confirm this as we no longer receive a monthly Police Report.
 
We can all however:
 
1. call in such incidents immediately (or ahead of time if you are concerned) on 101, the non-emergency police line; or otherwise email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
2. afterwards email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so we have a record of such incidents
 
Remember, always STAY SAFE, call it in if you see an incident, then leave the rest to the professionals.

 

Let’s protect ourselves, our community and our local businesses- call it in to keep it out!

Changes to Community Policing

 

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:

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If you have any questions in the interim, please do not hesitate to contact me by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or PS Clark via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Yours sincerely

 

Sergeant Alex Dickson E5512

Useful Emergency Contact Numbers

If you are in need of urgent assistance and to avoid delay, below are emergency contacts numbers:

 Social Care Direct – 0131 200 2327

Repairs Direct – 0131 200 2345

Waste Services – 0131 608 1100

Revenue & Benefits – 0131 608 1111

Emergency Social Work – 0800 731 6969

Domestic Abuse - 0800 027 1234

 

Alcoholics Anonymous: 0800 9177 650

Crimestoppers: 0800 555 111

Floodline: 0345 988 1188

Electricity: 0800 40 40 90

Gas leaks: 0800 111 999

NHS24: 111

Power cut to your area: 105

Scottish Water: 0800 0778 778

The Samaritans: 116 123

Women's Aid: 0800 027 1234

TOP TIPS ON HOME SECURITY FROM OUR COMMUNITY POLICING TEAM

Windows:

  • Remember to keep windows locked.
  • Remove the keys and keep them out of sight in a safe place.

Doors:

  • 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.

Keys:

  • 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.

Outdoor Lighting:

  • 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.

Garages:

  • Never leave it unlocked.
  • Additional bolts can be used to secure a garage door.
  • Consider using a garage defender.

Sheds:

  • 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.

Property Marking:

  • 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:

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And catch dates of local home security events on Twitter at @EdinPolSW

For further information please look at the following websites:

Protect yourself! Here’s how

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.

  home security guide oct 14   housebreaking security advice holiday   ioc personal information toolkit
  personal safety booklet    police scotland home security trifold

Neighbourhood Watch Scotland

Concerns about crime in Colinton have been raised at a recent Community Council meeting. Advice on setting up a Neighbourhood Watch scheme in your area can be found at: https://www.neighbourhoodwatchscotland.co.uk