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Issue:- 16 February  2012

Sefton Home Watch Update

SEFTON Home watch have reported that there have been a few burglaries in the past weeks where an opportunist has tried the rear doors of properties, found them unlocked, entered the property and stolen items such as purses, handbags, laptops, car keys and the car, when the resident is in the house. "Obviously when leaving the dwelling all doors and windows should be locked. However, it is advisable to lock all external doors even when the house is occupied. Nobody wants to enter a room and find a stranger there attempting to steal items of value. Please keep yourself and your property safe by locking all your external doors" said Sefton Home Watch. They group have also reported to us that they have had reports about three types of telephone scams being used over the last few weeks in this area. They said that the first scam involves "someone phoning you and they say that your computer is faulty and asking you to go on your computer to see what the problem is and so that they can sort it out for you. The cost of this service comes later in the conversation when they ask for your card details." The other scam being reported most frequently to them related to this is also a phone scam. "We have been told members of the public are being called. They get told 'Your telephone has a fault could they fix it for you? They suggest you will not be able to make any outgoing calls, they tell you to put the receiver down and try. Do not be taken in by this ploy they can temporary block your number. They then phone back and offer to fix it for a fee." said Sefton Home Watch who also advise:- "In both cases, just put the receiver down if you get one of these calls." The third scam reported to us via Sefton Home Watch is a firm is also offering a free alarm system. When they call they say that their are "Just 6 in your post code area". Should you agreed to this 'Wonderful gift' they later mention the monitoring fee of £365 a year." said Sefton Home Watch who also commented that:- "This is a rather expensive gift." Again just hang up if you get this offer calling you!

BBC discovers fake emails reporting to be from TV show 'Heir Hunter'

IF you get an email subject line "heir hunter" it is a malicious campaign and is a fake email has no relation with the BBC or even its Flame television, which are the makers of heir hunters. The BBC has issued a warning to computer users to remain ever active and vigilant towards any of the scam emails that declares to be arising from this daytime TV show. The fake email is being used to obtaining the personal information of people and has a very catchy looking layout. It is reported to ask for full name, date of birth, personal phone number, and address. To make it sound more authentic, it mentions twice that you must provide all the information as that way and that way only assets found by the program, totalling GBP18m can be transferred without any hassle. Plus to add even more spice to the whole drama and make it sound more reliable and interesting, the email also provides a link for watching an episode of the TV show online via the BBC iPlayer. Should you get this email the BBC and Police advises people to send the suspicious mail to:- Action Fraud.

Drivers urged to ‘BAG IT, BIN IT!’ and help reduce roadside litter

THE Highways Agency is calling on road users to help tackle roadside litter on England’s motorways and major A roads.

The Agency estimates it removes nearly a quarter of a million sacks of litter from England’s motorways every year, but a roadside message campaign last summer reminding drivers to dispose of their litter responsibly saw a decrease in the amounts of litter collected on motorways in North West England and the East Midlands.

Roads Minister Mike Penning said:- "Litter is an unsightly and unnecessary burden and one that we can easily avoid; that's why I am asking people to take one simple step towards make the roads a safer and more pleasant environment for everyone. The money and staff resources spent removing nearly a quarter of a million sacks of litter from England’s motorways could be far better spent elsewhere. Following the ‘Bag it, Bin it!’ message is an easy way to reduce litter. If all drivers kept a bag in their vehicle to store rubbish and then disposed of it safely, it would be a really positive move in tackling roadside litter."

Roadside litter is not only unsightly, but is also a threat to the environment and wildlife and can block drains and cause flooding. For highway authorities, clearing litter diverts much-needed resources away from road maintenance and repairs, while items thrown from moving vehicles can be a hazard to other road users.

The Highways Agency plans to repeat and extend its roadside message campaign during the build-up to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Agency will also look to work with Defra and Keep Britain Tidy to raise public awareness of the dangers and costs of litter, and ensure that England’s motorways and major roads are set to provide safe and pleasant.

Crash On Coastal Road

AFTER the resent reduction of the speed limit on a section of the Coastal Road, on the junction with Pinfold Lane, Ainsdale , yet another accident has happened on Wednesday, 15 February 2012. It is reported that Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service had to cut 2 passengers free from 1 of the cars. In total 5 cars had been involved and it is reported 6 people injured, but not are thought to be life threatening, even though one elderly woman airlifted to hospital. An investigation is now underway into the cause of the accident.

Have you used 101 for an Emergency?

READERS on here are asked to please note that 101 is for none emergency calls only! This number is not just for the Merseyside area, it is a national system. When a member of the public calls 101 the system will determine the caller's location and connect them to the Police Force covering that area. They will hear a recorded message announcing which Police Force they are being connected to. If the caller is on a boundary between 2 or more forces, the recorded message will give them a choice of which force to be connected to.

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