DISTRACTION THEFT DURING TEST DRIVES
Association of Chief Police Officers Vehicle Crime Intelligent
Service, is warning private car sellers to be wary of prospective
buyers, after a recent spate of car thefts during test drives.
“Private sellers are being duped by thieves who suggest that the car
has a problem, such as a knocking sound or open car boot, which
requires the seller to check the outside of the vehicle. The victim
pulls over and leaves the car to check the problem and the thief
drives off with the vehicle. In one instance the victim sustained
injuries through being run over as the thief drove the car away.
There is an increasing occurrence of car theft in this manner and
these recent distraction thefts highlight the need for private
sellers to put their security first and only leave the vehicle if
the keys are in their possession. Our advice is to never leave the
purchaser alone in the vehicle. Bringing along a friend or relative
will also help to deter a prospective thief, as the vehicle is
always be occupied.” warns Head of AVCIS, Detective Chief
Inspector Mark Hooper.
Most motor policies exclude theft by deception, and a car being
driven off by a thief during a test drive could be classified within
this. Requesting a copy of the prospective purchasers’ insurance and
driver’s license is advocated, as the purchaser must be legally
entitled to test drive the vehicle. Third party insurance cover will
ensure that the seller is covered in the event of an accident when
driven by the prospective purchaser.
The forthcoming Car Crime Awareness Week from 17 May to 23 May 2010,
organised by AVCIS, aims to draw attention to the need for vigilance
by motorists to avoid becoming the victim of crime and drive down
crime rates. Distraction theft is just one of many areas which will
be highlighted during this new annual initiative.
NEXT OF KIN APPEAL MARGARET THOMSON...
Coroners Office is appealing for help in tracing the next of kin of
93 year old Margaret Thomson who died on Friday, 30 April 2010.
Margaret, of Nicander Road, Mossley Hill, died in hospital on Friday
following a stroke. There are no suspicious circumstances
surrounding her death.
Any relatives or next of kin are urged to contact the coroners
office on:- 0151 233 4706.
PETROL PRICES FUEL ARRIVA’S TRAVEL TEST
West has reacted to soaring petrol prices by launching an online
Fuel Calculator to help people in Liverpool work out if they could
save money on their journeys.
Drivers paying through the nozzle for fuel are being urged to log on
to compare the cost of using the bus instead of their car.
Arriva’s Fuel Calculator is easy to use and people will simply have
to enter a few basic details about their daily journey to work out
how much they could save by buying a 4-Weekly Saver ticket. The
calculator also shows how much CO2 a driver would save by leaving
their car at home and catching the bus instead.
Debra Mercer, marketing manager for Arriva North West, said:-
“Buses offer a way for people to considerably reduce their travel
costs, even more so at the moment because fuel has become so
expensive. The new Fuel Calculator on our website will be a really
useful tool for drivers in Liverpool, fed up with paying large bills
at the petrol pumps. We believe many of them will be amazed by how
much they could save if they caught the bus. In the current economic
climate, people are still watching what they are spending and buses
offer great value for people travelling in and out of towns and
cities across the UK. There are no car parking charges and, with the
car being left at home, it’s much better for the environment.”
To use Arriva’s Fuel Calculator and to find out about timetable and
ticket information please visit:-
WITNESS APPEAL -
LIVERPOOL CITY CENTRE ASSAULT
Police Detectives have released an image of a man they would like to
speak to in connection with a serious assault in Liverpool city
centre. The victim, a 23 year old man, had been at a party in
the Mount Pleasant area on 1 March 2010, and had left the party at
around 7.30am following an argument. The victim was followed by a
man onto Brownlow Hill where he was punched in the face several
times. He was taken to hospital and received treatment for cuts and
a fractured cheekbone. DC Jason Banks said:- "We want people
to enjoy themselves when they come to the city centre and we strive
to fully investigate assaults of this nature to bring those
responsible to justice. If anyone has any information about the
identity of the man I ask them to contact officers as he could
provide vital information about this attack." Anyone
with information is asked to call Merseyside Police on:- 0151 777
4065 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on:- 0800 555 111.