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Home and Car Security
Beware Bogus Callers
Personal Safety
Community Policing Team
Emergency Calls
Non-Emergency Calls
Operation Cipher
Police Scotland Public Consultation 2026

Home & Car Security

Many opportunistic thieves do not have to break in to homes at all, as a door or window may have been left open or unlocked. Always ensure they are secure.  A list of Do's and Don'ts

  • Don’t leave keys on the inside of door locks, under mats or elsewhere that they can be easily found.
  • Don't put your name on keyrings because if lost or stolen, the opportunist will have all the information he needs to direct him to your home
  • Don’t keep house keys and car keys on the same key ring.
  • Don’t leave valuables in sight of windows. If you have a wall calendar, avoid mounting it near a window from where appointments can potentially be seen – this could indicate when your house will be empty.
  • Mark your possessions with a UV marker. You can use the marker to record your postcode and house number on items such as mobile phones, cameras, laptops and tablets. UV Kits are available on a number of well-known websites and can be purchased for under £10.00.If the unthinkable happens and you are the victim of this type of crime then your property may be easier to identify if it has been security marked.
  • Make your house look occupied at all times.
  • Make sure your motor car is secure, preferably garaged if possible and store the car keys out of sight..

(Ref: email dated 5th January 2016)

Beware Bogus Callers

We are often informed by the Community Police Team  of Bogus Workmen incidents taking place in the Firrhill CC area.  The are constant reports in the Media of bogus workmen speaking to vulnerable occupiers, claiming they were there to either check some alleged damage or defect or just to read a meter.  The consequences to the occupier can be very costly.

Police Scotland regularly issue media releases and work with Trading Standards Officers to catch these criminals but it is a constant battle.  If you have any information in regard to this matter or know of any other incidents, you should pass it on to the Police to help prevent any further incidents. Crime prevention advice on door step crime is available on the Police Scotland Website. A copy of their booklet on Beating Bogus Callers is available here.  See also our web page on Doorstep Crime.

Personal Safety

Go to this page on the Police website for information on how to protect yourself from all manner of risks.

Community Policing Team

The Inspector for the Community Policing Team  covering the 3 Pentland Hills wards is Inspector Scott Richardson.  The CPT Sergeant covering Ward 8 (Fairmilehead / Swanston / Oxgangs / Colinton / Bonaly) is Sergeant Billy Telford.

The Community Policing Team email address is EdinburghColintonFairmileheadCPT@Scotland.pnn.police.uk, or you can contact them through the new national non-emergency number - 101.

You can also follow them on twitter @EdinPolSW.

Oxgangs Police Station lies on Oxgangs Road North opposite the junction for Oxgangs Avenue.  Please note this station is no longer open to the public.

Partnership working requires participation

See anything suspicious?
Being bothered or intimidated by youths?
Then phone the police new national non-emergency number 101
If they don't know about it they can't help you.


For police (including hill rescue), fire service, ambulance or coastguard dial 999 or 112 (the new European Union emergency service number).  In an emergency always dial 999.  An emergency means someone is in immediate danger, or a crime is taking place right now.  If it is not an emergency, please call 101 and do not call 999.

Deaf, deafened, hard of hearing or speech-impaired callers using a Textphone (minicom) should dial 18000 in an emergency.

Alternatively, if you are deaf, hard of hearing and speech-impaired, you can register with emergency SMS text service. The emergencySMS service lets people in the UK send an SMS text message to the UK 999 service where it will be passed to the police, ambulance, fire rescue, or coastguard.

Lothian and Borders Police try to answer 999 calls within 10 seconds and even faster if possible.  However, only one in every six calls is a real emergency. 


For all non-emergency issues or enquiries relating to police business, you can:


w: www.crimestoppers-uk.org/giving-information                t: 0800 555 111

Anyone with information on criminals or criminal activity can phone Crimestoppers in confidence and complete anonymity and give as much information as they want without giving their name or other personal information.  Telephone calls to Crimestoppers are not recorded nor can they be traced.

Other Police Information

Guide to commonly used Offences & Police Powers in Scotland
Scottish Law 
Family Law Scotland
Police Performance report for Edinburgh - April 2014 to Sept 2014
Scottish Fire and Rescue Service - City of Edinburgh Performance Report 2014

Operation Cipher : 29th April - 27th May 2013

Police in Edinburgh and partner agencies carried out a month-long campaign to make communities safer and improve the quality of life for members of the public in Pentlands area. As part of Police Scotland's commitment to keeping people safe, local officers conducted targeted action across the area during this time.  Partner agencies also worked within the area to address utilities and facilities in need of repair.

Operation Cipher is a multi agency approach to helping an area become cleaner, greener and safer. As well as having the usual police, city council, fire and rescue service, and health organisations collaborating, there was also various housing associations on board, keen to assist in whichever way they could. It is hoped that by working with the community exercises such as this would make a difference and lead to a reduction in behavioural and other problems found in the area. Throughout the period of operation the police and their partners ran a number of ‘roadshows’ at different venues, giving advice and information on the various services available to people. Most importantly they sought to speak to local residents so they could identify the issues that affected people the most and seek ways to deal with them together.

A debrief report of this exercise has been made available to the Community Council and a copy is attached here.

Policing 2026 - take part in the conversation

The 'Policing 2026' strategy outlines how Police Scotland aim to address new and changing policing demands and work more effectively with partners and the public to deliver better outcomes for individuals and communities.

Police Scotland want you to have your say in shaping policing in the coming decade and build a policing service that meets the ambition of police reform and improves safety and wellbeing of communities across Scotland.

Visit Policing 2026 consultation to have your say before the consultation closes on 8th May 2017.

Police Scotland want people, communities and our workforce to have their voices heard and is encouraging as many people as possible to get involved in the conversation.

page last updated 25 September 2017

Date of next meeting: 23 April 2018 at 6.00 pm
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