CAR KEY BURGLARY
ADVICE - SEFTON
IN recent years car manufacturers have made
vehicle security a priority with the introduction of sophisticated
security and alarm systems to prevent thieves from stealing cars. As
a result criminals have resorted to more elaborate ways of stealing
There were a number of car key burglaries in Sefton last week and
officers are carrying out an operation, using both uniform and plain
clothes officers, to identify and arrest those responsible.
Quite often the offender, or offenders, will enter the occupant's
house with a view to stealing their car/van keys, they then take the
vehicle from outside and some times use the vehicle to transport
items they have stolen from the house. Sometimes these crimes can
take place when the occupants are at home.
It is very important that vehicle owners are aware of this and take
extra precautions to limit the chances of becoming a victim of car
Detective Chief Superintendent Paul Richardson, said:- "The
majority of car key burglaries we have seen on Merseyside recently
have been opportunistic with the offenders managing to get in to
homes through insecure doors and windows. On some occasions the
victims have been in the house when the offences have occurred. Many
of these offences are preventable with the offenders gaining entry
houses via insecure doors, or windows. Other offences have occurred
where car keys have been left near to the front door and implements
have been used to remove the keys via the letter-box. In response to
the car key burglaries an operation has been put in place, to put
offenders on the back foot. Extra patrols, consisting of uniformed
and plain clothes officers, are being deployed to areas that have
seen an increase in this type of crime at key times. The Force is
also working with officers from Lancashire, Greater Manchester and
Cheshire to tackle criminals on the move across the counties
borders. Police from the four neighbouring forces are working
together and sharing intelligence to target, disrupt and arrest
offenders travelling for the purpose of committing crimes. During
these operations, all the main arterial routes are patrolled with
Police from all forces using the Automatic Number Plate Recognition
System (ANPR). I would like to take this opportunity to remind
residents to make sure their properties are secure both during the
evening and overnight even when they are at home. We all need to be
vigilant. If you see anyone acting suspiciously report it to the
Police. These offenders will need to walk up driveways to look
through doors and windows to see if there are keys in sight of a
door or window. If you notice any such behaviour contact the Police.
Householders witnessing anyone acting suspiciously are advised to
call Merseyside Police on:- 101 or in an emergency:- 999."
To minimise the risk of car key burglary Merseyside Police are
issuing the following advice:-
► If you have UPVC doors make sure
you lock them properly. If you simply lift the handle you won't
fully engage all the locks into the frame. You must also double lock
the door using the key. Remember to remove the key from the door
once it is locked and leave it in a close and easily accessible
place in case of emergency. Your insurance could be negated if you
fail to secure your property correctly.
► If you have a garage, please park
your car in it. Many people with garages use them for storage. This
will keep your cars out
of the sight of preying eyes.
► On entering the house lock the
front door behind you.
► Never leave your car keys near a
door or window. Criminals can hook keys through open windows and
letter-boxes. It is therefore vital that householders do hide the
keys from view. People have keys stolen without anyone even entering
► Do not leave car keys in an
obvious place; make it as hard as possible for the thief.
► Do not leave house keys in the
back of your door lock.
► Consider installing security
lights to the front and rear of your property.
► If you are threatened with
violence for your car keys is to hand them over do not put yourself
► Special letter-box cowlings are
available; they allow your papers and post to be delivered, but
stops the 'hook & canes' fishing.
► Householders also need to make
sure that they take other simple crime prevention measures to ensure
that they don't become victims of sneak-in thieves or burglary, such
as remembering not to leave doors and windows unlocked.
The Force is also offering the following crime prevention advice to
keep homes safe this winter:-
► During the dark nights, use a
light timing device to switch the lights on (ensuring your
blinds/curtains are drawn).
► Always lock your windows and
doors. If you haven't got windows locks, you are advised to get
window locks fitted. If you have window locks; use them.
► Always check your front and back
door are secure even if you are in.
► Secure your shed and garage
properly. Don't leave tools lying around.
► Security mark all your home and
garden equipment with full postcode using a UV marker pen or
permanent marker. This can help make it easier for victims to be
reunited with your property if you are the victim of a burglary and
the items are recovered.
New for 2013 –
Join Team Red Cross for the new Snowdon Trek!
THE British Red Cross is very excited to
announce this exciting new UK trek to the summit of the highest
mountain peak in England and Wales. This is a fantastic opportunity
to take in a beautiful and rugged landscape, all for a worthwhile
cause! Mt Snowdon is not only tall, but it has its own unique
bio-diversity of plants and animals, which we will witness en route
to the summit. Our route follows the Llanberis Trail; one of the
most popular routes to summit this mountain. With a final
height of over 3,500 feet, and a total distance of around 10 miles,
our day will involve 6 to 8 hours tough hiking.
► The trek highlights.
► Explore Snowdonia National Park.
► Summit the highest mountain in England
► Breathtaking views across North Wales.
► Meeting fellow trekkers, all doing
raising vital funds for the British Red Cross.
► And of course, receiving your shiny
medal at the finish line!
A previous Team Red Cross event participant in 2012 said:- "My
impression of the British Red Cross through this event was of a very
well oiled machine. I think they were fantastic! Thank you very
Senior Community Fundraiser, Alexis Fairclough from Liverpool said:-
"An automatic external defibrillator (AED) is used to provide
an electric shock to regulate the heart after cardiac arrest. Each
minute that goes by, survival rates will drop by 10%. British Red
Cross first aiders carry an AED on all first aid duties from local
fetes to pop concerts and sporting events in Liverpool and across
Merseyside. In order to train more Red Cross volunteers in these
life-saving skills for people in Merseyside, we need more equipment.
Taking part and raising money in the Snowdon Trek, will not only be
fun and challenging, but a fantastic way for local people from
across Liverpool to help save lives too."
Alexis who lives in Crosby and has worked for the British Red Cross
in Liverpool for 6 years added:- "Everyday I see the lives
changed and lives saved by the marvellous Merseyside Red Cross
Volunteers and I am so proud to be a part of this organisation. I
will be taking part myself with my husband, David, and would like to
encourage as many local people as possible from across the City to
come and join us! Whether you're a team from a local company or
someone on their own, you'll have a great day, meet new people plus
your fundraising will make a huge difference to the lives of
vulnerable people who reply on our services every day across
Sign up online at:-
for more information please contact Alexis in the British Red Cross
in Liverpool on:- 0151 702 85061 or call their National Events Team
on:- 0844 412 2877 or via emailing:-
Providing first aid at events is just one of the local services that
benefits from people raising sponsorship for the Red Cross. For more
details of all services in Merseyside please go to:-
redcross.org.uk. There is a £10
registration fee and a suggested sponsorship target of £100 or you
can sponsor Alexis and Dave at:-
£26m tax boost from HMRC voluntary
GRANTS of £2 million to voluntary and
community organisations to help people with taxes, benefits and tax
credits led to £26 million in additional tax being declared to HM
Revenue and Customs (HMRC) last year. This was an increase of 55% on
the previous year. Some 4,500 volunteers were trained by these
organisations to answer people's questions on tax credits, benefits
and tax issues. They will ensure that an additional 225,000 people
per year get help and advice on HMRC-related issues. Exchequer
Secretary David Gauke said:- "I was very pleased at these
results. They show that the grants are a cost-effective way of
ensuring that vulnerable people on low incomes get the help they
need with their tax affairs from an independent, trusted source."
Southport Access For Everyone -
THE next meeting of SAFE (Southport Access For
Everyone) will be held at the Victoria Methodist Church, Sussex
Road, at 7 pm. on Monday, 28 January 2013. Light refreshments will
be served before the meeting. Anyone who is interested in disability
problems will be welcome. The venue is fully accessible and there is
adequate car parking. For further information about S.A.F.E. please
consult our website at:-