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:-
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
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.