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  Monthly reports given by the Community Beat Officers at the Community Council meetings  can be found in the minutes. (Appendix 1)
  As well as weekly surgeries on Wednesdays between 1700 and 1800 at Oxgangs Library
  additional ones are also held at Morrison's cafe between 1130 and 1230 every 3rd Friday.
  The relevant dates are: 19 April; 10 May; 31 May; 21 June
  Latest Neighbouhood Watch Information

Regulatory changes mean that you may increasingly be offered new financial services to give you more choice and control over your finances. To use these services, you will be asked to give consent to your bank or another provider to access your financial data or to make payments on your behalf.

Please ensure that you are aware of these changes and how they may affect you by visiting the website for the UK Finance PSD2 Customer Factsheet

You should make sure you are confident the organisation you share your information with, are who they say they are and remember: 

bullet A genuine bank or organisation will never contact you out of the blue to ask for your PIN, full password or to move money to another account.
bullet If you share account data with a company or service, it’s their responsibility to protect it. You should make sure you understand how a company or service plans to use your data.
bullet If you don’t know who you are talking to, or there is reason to suspect that the provider is not who they claim to be, don’t disclose your banking security details, or other personal or financial information.
bullet You can check whether a service you’re thinking of using is safe by asking the provider for more details and confirming that they are approved by the Financial Conduct Authority or another EU regulator.

Fraudsters will often try to impersonate somebody we trust so it’s important to understand the difference between a legitimate request to share your account information for a service you’ve chosen to use and an unexpected request. You should always Take Five and think ‘My Money? My Info? I Don’t Think So’.

You can also find more information on the Financial Conduct Authority website




We hope you are all set for bringing in the New Year!
Our Prentions Interventions and Partnerships team have drawn up the below advice with regards to ensuring your outbuildings are secure as possible and have also including a link to a video of one of their officers, PC Stevie McGill, pointing out how you can keep your belongings safe.

Thanks for your attention!

Keep your Garden and Outbuildings Secure If you have a garden, it’s the first thing an intruder will have to deal with if they want to try and break into your house.  There are also items in your garden or which you may keep in a garden shed or garage which a thief will find attractive.  Take some simple steps to secure your garden, shed and garage.

What can I do to stop thieves entering and stealing from my garden?

bullet Keep hedges, walls and fences low at the front of the property – to a maximum of 1.2 metres high and in a good state of repair to allow natural surveillance and make it hard for an intruder to work unseen.  Prevent easy access to the back and sides by installing locked gates.  Rear fences and walls should be a minimum 1.8 to 2 metres in height. Trellis topping or an intruder deterrent strip should also be considered to make climbing difficult.
bullet Consider nature’s own defences - growing aggressive shrubbery which is harder for intruders to climb through.  Ideal plants include berberis, blue spruce, common holly, giant rhubarb, golden bamboo, firethorn, shrub rose, pencil Christmas tree, juniper and rubus (bramble).
bullet Security lighting around your property will act as a deterrent. Dusk to dawn low voltage LED lighting is cost effective to both install and run.
bullet Make sure bins are located in an area which doesn’t allow them to be easily used as a step to climb over fences / walls or access windows.
bullet Lock away any garden implements, furniture or tools in a secure shed, garage or outside store.  They may not only be an attractive target for theft, but also items such as ladders which are useful for breaking into your home.

What can I do to protect property in my shed and garage?

bullet Photograph valuable items of garden furniture and / or garden tools.  Note and keep a record of make, model, colour and serial numbers and use a UV pen or similar to security mark them with your house number and postcode.
bullet You may wish to use a chain or other device to lock garden tools and furniture together to the structure which will make them harder to remove.
bullet Fit a good quality hasp and padlock to the door, fitted with dome headed or non-returnable screws to prevent tampering. Appropriate products that are approved as ‘Sold Secure’ or ‘Secured by Design’ should be considered. For more information visit www.securedbydesign.com
bullet Secure windows and don’t give intruders the opportunity to see inside.  Depending on the type of window, you could consider fitting internal window grills, heavy wire mesh or reinforced glass.  You could also use curtains or opaque film.  If the window opens, a window lock should be fitted.
bullet If you have an intruder alarm, consider extending it to cover sheds, garages and outbuildings and ensure that there is a visible external sounder box.
bullet If you do not have a secure shed then bring items inside – don’t leave them lying out.
bullet If your garage adjoins your home and there is a through door, keep it locked.

Here is the video:

Message Sent By
Alistair Murdoch (Police, Constable, Edinburgh)



  Crime Prevention Advice
  In conjunction with Operation Peleton where the police are tackling the housebreakings in the West and Pentlands Local Policing Areas they have issued some crime prevention advice.  The advice gives some practical hints and tips for members of the public take to help prevent thefts occurring.
  Click on the links below to see the information:
Home Security Guide Crime Prevention - Your Home Vehicle Advice
Garage Advice Cycle Advice Garden Crime
Domestic CCTV Small Shop Security Advice No Cash Sign
  Beware Bogus Workmen operating in area.
  Bogus Workmen Prevention Advice can be viewed here
  Further information can be found in this booklet
  Our local police station is Oxgangs, however it has no public counter.
  The nearest stations with public counters are:
  Wester Hailes - Open 0700 to 2400 7 days a week
  Howdenhall - Open 0800 to 1800 7 days a week
  St Leonards - Open 24 hours 7 days a week
In an emergency phone 999
To report a crime or other incident phone 101

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Last Updated
4 April 2019