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Issue:- 18/19  November 2009

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AT this time of the year expensive property is to be found in houses as residents start to buy Christmas presents. It is suggested that extra precautions are taken to ensure your property is secure. Also to be aware when you are out and about
extra care is taken with credit cards, purses and wallets.

Helpful hints to think about to enjoy the festive season and not giving the criminals an opportunity of extra Christmas presents at your expense:-

* When shopping be mindful that pickpockets may be about. While you are concentrating on choosing a present take extra care with your wallets and purses.

* In car parks be aware of anyone who is taking particular notice when you are putting your shopping in the car, if you intend to leave your vehicle unattended as you continue your shopping.

* Don't leave anything on view in your car and remember to ensure your Sat Nav is removed.

* At home close the curtains when you put the light on so passers by cannot see inside your property

* Ensure all doors are securely locked even when you are at home.


In the period 1 November to 15 November 2009 there have been six burglaries in:-

Brompton Road Insecure door

Virginia Street Insecure door

Windsor Road Insecure door

Burglaries have also taken place in Chestnut Street, Scott Street and Poplar Street.


SOUTHPORT has been identified as Merseyside’s top Home Energy Hotspot, according to new research released today by E.ON, one of the UK’s leading energy companies. Homes in the town spend an average 12% more, or £142 per year1, on energy than the average UK home.

At the other end of the scale Bootle has one of the lowest energy consumptions in Merseyside, spending on average £223 less on annual electricity and gas bills than Southport residents.

Liverpool features in the top 25 Home Energy Hotspots list2 and although residents annually spend £127 less than people in Southport for electricity and gas, they are, on average, spending £86 more than people in Manchester1.

However, E.ON believes that there are simple steps that people can take to ensure that they aren’t using and spending more than they need to.

The research coincides with the launch of E.ON’s ‘Winter Advice Bureau’ which is hitting the road throughout November to offer people face-to-face help and guidance on how they could lower their energy bills during the winter period. The ‘E.ON home’ will be visiting Liverpool ONE on the 19 November 2009 and 20 November 2009.

E.ON’s Winter Energy Advisers will be on hand to offer advice on how to help cut wastage, highlight the cost of energy in the home and provide advice on products and tariffs such as WinterGas, guaranteeing customers cheapest gas bills this winter3.

Kevin Bryant from E.ON, said:- “As the weather in Merseyside would not vary greatly from town to town, the main reason for these differences in usage would be house age, house size, number of occupants and behaviours, with the help of our Winter Advice Bureau we’re confident that we can offer help that could make a real difference to people in Merseyside. The colder winter temperatures and darker nights inevitably lead to people using more energy, which is why we’re offering face-to-face advice to anyone who is concerned about how much they’re using. We also want to make sure that people are on the right tariffs, and that vulnerable customers are aware of the additional support available to them.”

E.ON’s Winter Energy Advisers will be joined by local Age Concern Liverpool representatives at the events to offer guidance
on the energy needs of older people.

In order to help as many people as possible the Winter Advice Bureau is also be available online.

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