BE A VICTIM OF CAR CRIME!
POLICE in Sefton are
cracking down on car crime and issuing advice to motorists on how to
reduce the possibility of falling victim to opportunist
Offenders have been placing a 'hook and cane', or other
instrument through the letter box and fishing out car keys left near
to the front door and there have been several instances access has
been gained through doors or windows, inadvertently left open by
Victims of these offences have not only suffered the loss of their
vehicles, but also have to suffer the added expense and
inconvenience, of having to replace all the locks in the house.
Detective Inspector Steve Jones said:- "We know that there are
criminals working in the area who either steal cars using the hook
and cane method, or take older cars, which do not have modern
security such as immobilisers. Clearly, having your car
stolen, or broken into like this, is always distressing.
However, the people of Sefton should be reassured that Merseyside
Police will be cracking down hard on those who commit these crimes
and they can help us to do so. I would urge local residents to
do two things to help us. One - keep your car keys away from your
front door, or anywhere where they are easily accessible. Also, lock
your front and back doors. We know some cars are stolen simply
because the opportunity is there - and an offender can walk into a
house when the door is open.
Since the 1 December, 40% of burglaries where cars have been
stolen have happened because offenders have simply entered via
insecure front doors or insecure windows. In many cases the front
doors are of the double glazed Upvc type where, when closed the door
is not locked until the handle is pulled upwards and the key turned.
I'd also like to remind people who have garages to use them. Home
Office car crime figures indicate that a car is 16 times more likely
to be stolen from a driveway, than when it is parked in a garage.
But despite this, 7 out of 10 garage owners still tend to leave
their cars on the driveway, and use the garage as a utility room or
for storing other household goods.
It is imperative for home owners to ensure that windows and
doors are locked before going to bed and that all car and house keys
are kept out of sight from the front door or vestibule area of the
house, particularly those with glass panelled doors or porches.
Denying offenders access to the rear of the property will also help
to prevent offences of this nature, and anti-scaling measures can be
fitted to the top of fencing or gate posts at
the side of the premises, providing adequate warning notices are
displayed. A domestic intruder alarm is another effective
deterrent, and internal locks, fitted to rear kitchen and living
room doors, will help prevent a burglar gaining access to the rest
of the house."
We and our partners are committed to making Sefton
a safer place to live, visit and work, and our message to car
criminals is that there really will be nowhere to hide, and you will
If you have any information that could help police with their
inquiries contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Safe Be Seen, Free Road Safety Stickers for Schools in the North
CAR HIRE specialist carrentals.co.uk is offering free reflective
road safety stickers for schools in the North West as part of its
national Road Sense 2006 campaign
Carrentals.co.uk, the No.1 online car hire company, has re-launched
its successful Road Sense campaign this winter to help improve
safety for all road users. The campaign is set to address issues
such as road safety, Road Bullying, dangerous driving, and in
particular the safety of female drivers.
The 2005 Road Sense campaign saw over 50,000 reflective stickers
provided to schools across the country and, following on from this
success, the company is expecting demand to be even higher. For Road
Sense 2006 the stickers have been re-designed and carrentals.co.uk
is offering them free to schools up and down the country to help
protect pupils from the dangers of dark nights and hazardous driving
Andrew Stevens, managing director of carrentals.co.uk, said:-
"Winter driving conditions can be extremely treacherous and as part
of our Road Sense campaign we want to encourage schools in the North
West to take action over child road safety. By offering reflective
stickers to schools free of charge we hope to help protect children
from the dangers on our roads, while building awareness among
drivers, parents, schools and the children themselves about the
importance of road safety."
The yellow reflective stickers are designed to stick on school bags,
blazers or coats to help ensure children are seen by motorists and
reduce the risk of accidents.
To apply for Road Sense stickers schools should visit
and apply online. This offer is subject to availability.
The carrentals.co.uk Road Sense 2006 campaign also includes a range
of offers for female drivers with companies including The Carphone
Warehouse and UK Open Learning, together with a series of
downloadable advice tips.
Warning for Warrington!
HOUSEHOLDERS across Warrington
are being warned by Trading Standards to be on their guard against
traders who offer free damp surveys and repair work.
The advice is being issued after the Council's Trading Standards
team was alerted to reports that a company using the name
'Britannia' and 'Britannia Home Improvements' had been approaching
householders in Warrington saying they are working in the area and
offering a free survey to check for damp and mould problems.
Where the resident expresses interest the caller will arrange an
appointment and may give the resident a security code to quote back
to the surveyor when they call.
Enquiries with Trading Standards in the West Midlands show that
householders who agree to a similar survey are likely to be exposed
to a high pressure sales pitch, particularly if they are elderly or
otherwise vulnerable. Householders in that area have ended up
paying for overpriced, poor quality, unnecessary work.
Past experience of similar companies working in Warrington suggest
that this company may be highly active during the next few weeks.
Cllr Pat Wright, Executive Board Member for Community Services,
said:- "We are warning householders to be very wary if they are
approached by people offering to do free surveys in their home and
to look out for elderly and
vulnerable relatives, friends and neighbours. It is more than likely
they will be subjected to a high pressure sales pitch and could be
persuaded to part with a considerable amount of money. I would
advise anyone who is approached by this company to contact the
Trading Standards' team on 01925 442678."