Community Safety is very important and communications both to the community and from various agencies is key to ensuring we all live in a safe and secure environment. If you have any concerns about safety in the community, please make the Community Council aware. Access the local Police Scotland Community website for Pentlands HERE
Police Scotland hold surgeries at Oxgangs Library every Wednesday 5 - 6pm
From Police Scotalnd website at:http://www.scotland.police.uk/keep-safe/personal-safety/doorstep-crime-and-bogus-callers
Keep Safe from Doorstep Crime and Bogus Callers
What is doorstep crime?
From bogus callers to rogue traders, doorstep criminals are cunning, creative, and often very convincing.
Anyone can be fooled as these people are professional con artists. However, the over 60s are often specifically targeted.
Scottish Fire & Rescue Information
Spring is typically a time of year when there is an increase in the number of deliberate secondary fires reported due to antisocial behaviour, drier weather and additional daylight hours.
These range from rubbish and refuse fires to vehicles being set ablaze.Deliberately set fires are dangerous; they waste time and money, and keep SFRS crews away from real emergencies.
Station Manager John Hanlin said: “Unfortunately, at this time of year we typically see an increase in the number of deliberate fires set across the country.
“This illegal activity is not only reckless but also prevents our crews from attending real emergencies.”
According to the latest SFRS incident statistics, published last October, there were 1,309 reports of deliberate secondary fires in Edinburgh.
Edinburgh South West Community Policing Team
The Edinburgth South West Community Policing Team have produced a booklet of information.
or Click on the picture.
No Cold-Calling Zones
This page gives a brief overview on how to set up a No Cold-Calling Zone (NCCZ) in your area.
WHAT AND WHY
No Cold Calling Zones
A No Cold Calling Zone (NCCZ) is about helping local residents and communities to have the confidence to say "NO" to uninvited salespeople and to warn rogue traders and cold-callers that they are not welcome.
If you click on the image to the right it will open a booklet which has been put together to help local communities set up their own NCCZ and includes information on: Getting Started, Running the Scheme, Doorstep Crime, Key Partners etc.
SEEKING SAFETY FOR OLDER PEOPLE IN EDINBURGH PENTLANDS
Official figures show that people over 65 in Scotland are at greater risk from fires in the home than any other age group.
In Edinburgh Pentlands there are a significant number of older people and, with winter fast approaching, it’s increasingly important to improve awareness of electrical risk - particularly since almost two thirds of fires in Scottish homes arise from electrical products.
Playing Out Street Play
Edinburgh Playing Out has continued to work with City of Edinburgh Council (CEC) to enable free road closures for street play and community togetherness. We are delighted to report that the guidelines for parents wishing to apply to close their street for the Edinburgh pilot of Playing Out went live today.
You can find the guidelines at: http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/playingout
BOGUS WORKMEN - KEEP YOUR WITS ABOUT YOU
Here are some top tips from Edinburgh Police Division of on how not to get caught out.
- Be suspicious of anyone arriving unannounced at your door. Householders should ensure that doors are secure, even when at home and use a door chain. Do not let anyone in until you are certain of who they are, or who they claim to represent.
- Look out for your neighbours - particularly if they are elderly or vulnerable. Report any suspicious activity to the police.
- Do not allow casual callers to undertake work on your property - such as roofing repairs, re-surfacing of driveways, or gardening... no matter how tempting it is to get the driveway done before the BBQ at the weekend!
- If someone calls at your door offering to carry out work, make sure the person, or the company they claim to represent, is reputable. Take a contact telephone number and then take time to check out their credentials. Tell them you'll call them back if you want the work done.
- Bogus workmen are very well versed in their sales patter, in order to seal the deal. Don't accept or consent to have work done immediately. Chat to your pals, family, or neighbours, as well consumer advice organisations, or us, about what was offered.
- Never bow to pressure to pay for a job in advance no matter how demanding the workman or caller is. YOU ARE IN CHARGE. Don't allow callers to persuade you into letting them in to your home, or to taking you to a bank or cash machine so you can withdraw cash for them. Never ever hand over your bank card or bank details. Promised refunds may be as likely as a blue moon!
- It's good practice for anyone requiring any type of building or gardening work to be done to obtain a number of written quotes from trustworthy and established firms, before deciding. People should not simply contact a company in response to a flier that arrives via the letterbox.
- Fliers are simple to create and the chances are that if they carry an offer that appears to good to be true, it is too good to be true. Trust your gut!