The attached PDF was sent to NTBCC on Monday 9 August: 2021_08 police report
The text follows:
New Town and Broughton Community Council Newsletter
City Centre Community Policing Team Issue 5 – August 2021
Perhaps the most alarming incident in July was the assault on the priest at St Marys Cathedral however thankfully a quick identification and subsequent arrest was made of the perpetrator down in Cumbria and he was remanded in custody.
Bike crime as always features in the monthly figures, a motor bike was stolen from Hart Street and there was an attempted theft of a motor bikes at St Andrews Square. There was also a theft of a pedal cycle wheel and attempted thefts of pedal bikes at Waterloo Place. An electric bike was stolen at Abercromby Place.
“ Just Eat” hire bikes are always being tampered with and two were stolen this month by youths. Our crime prevention department are working with Transport for Edinburgh to try and devise better security for these bikes.
There were two commercial break-ins this month to city centre premises, enquiries ongoing to trace culprits. No domestic break ins.
What We’re Noticing
Youth calls have been on the rise no doubt due to summer holidays and the good weather and more access to fast food establishments like McDonalds who called us several times.
There has been a decrease in calls regarding Covid concerns as restrictions are lessoning but a rise in calls to licensed premises and associated antisocial behaviour.
As I’m sure many of you are aware, there have been a large number of people within the city centre, especially groups of youths with the summer holidays in full flow. From call volume, it would appear that many of these youths have migrated away from the city centre area. We are, of course cautious, that this could change, so would encourage any instances of anti-social behaviour be reported to us.
We are bracing ourselves and preparing for the opening of nightclubs on the 9th August with reports of night clubs being booked out from midnight until 0500 already.
Operation “Summer City” is now well under way for festival related city centre policing with officers patrolling the venue areas and general busier parts of the city due to the more local tourists in town this year.
As a city centre community team, supplemented with further officers, there will be a dedicated foot patrol team ensuring that people can enjoy the festivities in a safe and considerate matter. Having the knowledge and experience of city centre officers will be invaluable to patrol areas of interest along with the festival activity.
City Centre Community Policing Team
Advice and Support
See PDF for leaflets on trustedtrader.scot and RNLI’s water-safety advice
Theft from Vehicles Prevention Advice
- Always lock your car and ensure windows are completely closed.
- Keep your car key safe and out of sight of windows/doors.
- If possible, don’t leave belongings in your car. Take them with you if you can. If not, lock them in the boot out of sight.
- Ensure the following are kept out of sight: Money/Credit cards, Mobile phones, Laptops/Tablets, any other items of value.
- When parking, look for a ParkMark sign – Car park has passed an inspection and is considered a safe place to park.
Local Area Commander: Chief Inspector Sam Ainslie
City Centre Community Policing Team – West End Police Station
- Inspector Mark Hamilton
- Sergeant Cameron Walker
- Sergeant David Duthie
- Plus 8 officers allocated to community issues in Edinburgh’s City Centre.