KEEPING A HANDLE
ON YOUR HOME
OFFICERS are offering
residents in Merseyside advice to help ensure they protect their
property from burglars this summer. Although Merseyside saw a
drop of more than 10% in burglaries in the 12 months between March
2010 and April 2011, officers are reminding residents to be vigilant
in keeping their homes secure. Residents should always ensure
their windows and doors are secure when they leave their properties
or go to bed and UPVC doors should be locked with a key.
Sgt Keith Stott, Force crime reduction officer, said:- "Around
a quarter of all burglaries involve no forced entry with burglars
gaining access via an open window or door so it is very important to
ensure all windows and doors are secured when leaving the premises
Residents should also exercise caution leaving doors and windows
open in the summer months, even when they are at home, as
opportunist burglars can take advantage of this easy access.
If your front or back doors are UPVC you need to ensure the bolts
are activated and it has been locked by the key to prevent
opportunist burglars from sneaking into homes - the latch itself
will not provide adequate security. Ideally the key should then be
removed from the lock.
If you are going on holiday or out for the evening consider using
timers to operate lighting within your home such as to turn on a
table light in a front room or upstairs bedroom. Residents are often tempted
to only leave the hall lights on but nobody spends all their time in
the hallway so this may reveal to would-be burglars that you aren't
at home. Consider instead using multiple timers working
at different intervals."
Merseyside Police has extensive crime prevention advice on its
residents can search for the interactive crime prevention advice
pages to see what can be done to make homes and possessions more
Sgt Stott added:- "The Force works hard to prevent and detect
burglaries but it is important that residents help us by taking the
necessary steps to make it more difficult for offenders to gain
access to their homes.
We recognise that burglaries in particular cause great distress to
victims and we are determined to put those responsible before the
We also ask that anyone with any information about burglaries, or
people acting suspiciously in their area, call us - no matter how
minor that information may seem - as it could prevent people from
becoming victims of burglaries." Anyone with any information about burglaries is asked to call
Merseyside Police on:- 0151 709 6010, or Crimestoppers, anonymously,
on:- 0800 555 111.
This is some crime prevention advice could stop you from
becoming a victim of burglary:-
It is vital residents ensure
windows and doors are secured before going to bed and that all car
and house keys are kept out of sight from the front door or
vestibules, particularly those with glass panelled doors or porches.
UPVC doors should be secured by
lifting the handle to activate the bolts and ensuring the key is
turned as the latch itself will not provide adequate security.
Securing access to the back of the
property can act as a deterrent to offenders and spiked toppings or
other 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.
Residents should also consider
fitting an intruder alarm and internal locks, fitted to rear kitchen
and living room doors, will help prevent a burglar gaining access to
the rest of the house.
Consider the installation of
security lighting - this could be simple Passive Infra Red (PIR)
operated or Dusk till Dawn lights, which can now be fitted with cost
efficient energy saving bulbs.
If you need further crime
reduction advice contact your local neighbourhood policing team.
PETE FRAME'S ROCK FAMILY TREES
COME TO THE WILFRED OWEN STORY
WIRRAL fans of The Beatles will have the first chance
ever to view artist Pete Frame's original legendary Rock family
The Wilfred Owen Story and Gallery will be presenting the Evolution
of the Beatles (1957 to 1970) series, along with all the Merseyside bands
that followed in the Fab Four's wake in The Cavern Kids profile,
never exhibited before in the Wirral and signed by Pete Frame
himself, as a gesture of appreciation to Wilfred Owen and others
that gave their lives for the freedom of culture we all enjoy today.
To coincide with this remarkable event is a unique charity auction
of pieces of the original stage from the demolished former
Birkenhead YMCA, signed, authenticated and donated by the present
YMCA. BBC Radio Merseyside’s Spencer Leigh, (attached) described the
artefacts as:- “fragments of Rock 'n' Roll history that shaped modern
music.” Another stalwart of the Merseybeat boom, Harry Prytherch
(attached) of the Remo Four, who appeared with the Beatles at the
YMCA, is hoping to gather as many of the individuals featured on the
Rock Family Trees at the auction.
The Auction takes place on Tuesday, 16 August 2011, the opening day of the
Exhibition. Doors open at 3pm and the day will feature special guest
appearances. Please visit:-
WilfredOwenstory.com for details, or call
at The Wilfred Owen Story And Gallery, 34 Argyle Street, Birkenhead,
Wirral, CH41 6AE. It will run up to 3 September 2011.
Two more TJ Hughes stores acquired
by Lewis's Home Retail
THE administrators of
discount department store chain TJ Hughes have announced that the
stores in Newcastle and Widnes have been acquired by Lewis's Home
Retail Limited. It brings the total number of TJ Hughes stores
acquired by the Liverpool based retailer to 6. Last week Lewis's
Home Retail acquired TJ Hughes flagship store in Liverpool and the 3
stores located in Eastbourne, Glasgow and Sheffield. Over 500 jobs
have been saved as a result of the acquisitions. John Gorle, Usdaw
National Officer said:- "This is great news for our members in
Newcastle and especially so for our members in Widnes, who less than
a week ago were told by the administrators their store was closing
and they were to be made redundant this Saturday. While we
appreciate the efforts being made by the administrators to find
buyers for the remaining stores, I have impressed on them the need
to recognise that our members are going through an extremely
worrying and stressful time and that they really do need to improve
their communications with both staff and their Union. These are
loyal and hardworking employees who are keeping stores running
despite their precarious situation and they should be receiving
regular and accurate information from the administrators."