Make sure it's only
wrapping paper that gets "RIPPED OFF" this festive season
WITH Christmas fast
approaching, Merseyside Police is warning drivers to be vigilant
against thieves seeking to ruin the season by stealing items from
Theft of items including presents from cars is a particularly
prevalent during the winter months. During November and December
last year 1,060 reports of items having been stolen from vehicles
were received by the force.
The majority of these thefts were from insecure vehicles, with the
offenders simply taking anything that was readily to hand.
Basic procedures such as locking your car and, if you are unable to
take them with you, leaving items including presents in the boot or
under the front seat rather than on the seats will reduce the risk
of being targeted by opportunistic criminals.
Despite previous police warnings, items such as:- mobile phones,
wallets, handbags, laptops, cameras, I-pods and even loose change
are regularly reported stolen from cars.
To help reduce this type of crime the force has organised for a
number of road shows to take place across the area. Officers and
PCSOs will be at the road shows to offer crime prevention and
security advice to residents about keeping their cars and belongings
safe. Local businesses are also being visited by officers providing
advice and support.
The 1st road shows will be taking place on Tuesday, 25 November
2014, between 8.30am and 12pm, at Tesco store on Mather Avenue,
Allerton and between 1pm and 5pm, at Asda on Smithdown Road,
Officers will be bringing along a crime prevention car to each of
the road shows to help provide crime prevention and security advice.
Items such as windscreen scraper and car air-fresheners containing
crime prevention advice will also be handed out at the events.
We will be encouraging members of the public to register their
immobilise.com and mark them
with ultraviolet pens with us at these road shows. Police Officers
and staff are able to search this database for property on a daily
basis to more easily secure convictions for theft and return items
to their owners swiftly.
Posters and crime prevention leaflets are also being distributed to
For details of roadshows in your own area please visit:-
Chief Inspector Dawn McNally, said:- "This time of year people
are understandably very busy rushing around and often people can
forget to lock their vehicles when they are out and about. The main
thing for people is to be aware that thieves see the Christmas
period as an ideal opportunity to strike and know people are often
distracted and may easily fall victim to opportunistic thefts as
they have forgotten to lock their vehicle or have left items on
display. This type of crime is opportunistic and has such an impact
on the victim, particularly when expensive or cherished items are
stolen. In recent years car manufacturers have made vehicle security
an increasing priority with the introduction of sophisticated
security and alarm systems to prevent thieves from gaining access to
them. Unfortunately these systems are rendered worthless if they are
not used. It only takes a few seconds to remove items on display in
your vehicle and lock it. Those seconds could make a big difference.
Most of these reported thefts are often from insecure vehicles, with
the offenders simply taking anything that is readily to hand even
loose change. Hopefully by double checking your car is locked and
setting the alarm, even if you are away from your vehicle for just a
couple of minutes, you will be much less likely to become being a
victim of car crime and potentially having your Christmas ruined.
Motorists are also reminded that items taken from insecure vehicles
may not be covered by their insurance. To help reduce this type of
crime the force has organised for a number of crime preventions road
shows to take place across the area. More details of when and where
these will be taking place can be found on the Merseyside Police
Motorists are being offered the following advice:-
► Most vehicle crime is preventable. It can take as
little as 10 seconds for a thief to steal something from your car.
If at all possible, leave nothing on view.
► Never leave valuable items in your car, including
sunglasses, the removable radio cover and your Sat Nav. Do you
really need all those things you keep in the glove box?
► Wipe away the Sat Nav mark on your windscreen.
► Never leave your car keys where they can be seen from
the front door.
► Always close the windows and sunroof; lock the doors
and activate any security devices when leaving your car unattended.
► Park with care, particularly at night or if you are
leaving the vehicle for a long time. If possible, park in a busy,
► Never leave cash, credit cards, chequebook, mobile
phones, vehicle documents or other valuables in the car.
► Never leave your keys in the car, even for a second -
treat them as you would your cash and credit cards.
► Try to avoid parking your vehicle in quiet side roads
where offenders are able to act unobserved and ensure all doors and
windows are secured when leaving the vehicle.
► Never leave goods, clothing or even empty carrier bags
or containers in the vehicle.
► Take all your belongings with you, or if you can't,
lock them in the boot. Mobile phones, Sat Navs and credit cards are
often stolen from glove boxes.
► Car owners should also be mindful of leaving their
vehicle unattended, with the engine running, when defrosting their
windscreens in the mornings during a cold snap. Not only is it an
offence to leave their car unattended with the engine running on a
road, it also voids insurance should it be stolen.
information after firearm was discharged in Bootle
MERSEYSIDE Police are appealing for witnesses
after shots were fired in Netherton last night, Tuesday, 18 November
2014. Downstairs windows of 2 houses in Broad Hey were damaged after
an offender or offenders discharged what's believed to be a shotgun
at around 10.40pm. A man and a woman who were in 1 of the houses at
the time of the incident were uninjured. 2 children; a boy and a
girl; were also asleep upstairs. Patrols attended and a search of
the area was carried out. House-to-house inquiries have been
undertaken and an investigation into the full circumstances
surrounding the incident is continuing. Detectives from the force's
Matrix Serious Organised Crime team are treating the incident as a
targeted attack and are appealing for anyone who witnessed a male
described as wearing dark clothing with their face covered acting
suspiciously in the Broad Hey area to contact them. Chief Inspector
Matt Boyle said:- "This was an extremely
serious incident in which the offender discharged a shotgun at the
front of 2 houses while people were inside one of the properties. It
is only through sheer good fortune that no one was hurt. The
occupants, including the 2 children, who were asleep upstairs, were
thankfully unhurt, but all were understandably shocked and upset.
This kind of violence and intimidation will not be tolerated by
Merseyside Police and I can assure the wider community that
everything possible is being done to catch the person or people
responsible. I would appeal to anyone who saw anything unusual or
suspicious in the area at around 10.30pm last night to come forward.
People can call MSOC officers on:- 0800 230 0600 or Crimestoppers
anonymously on:- 0800 555 111."
LIVERPOOL LAUNCHES NEW CHARITY INITIATIVE
BTR Footsteps Fundraisers
is a joint fundraising partnership which will bring the charities
together to benefit financially through BTR's key race events over
the next year. BTR Liverpool is the leading independent
organisation for organising and delivering race events in Liverpool
The 5 BTR Footsteps Fundraisers official
Radio City's Cash For Kids,
Claire House Children's Hospice,
Everton in the Community,
Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation.
The 1st event in the BTR
Footsteps Fundraisers campaign is the BTR Liverpool Santa Dash,
which takes place on Sunday, 7 December 2014. This is also the 10th
anniversary of the UK's biggest fun run.
Runners taking part in specific BTR events will be invited to
support the partnership by making a donation or raising funds for
the BTR Footsteps Fundraisers. At the end of the year, all monies
raised will be split equally between the five charities to help them
continue their vital work.
BTR Liverpool will actively support and promote the five charities
throughout the year. The charities are invited to attend each race
event to provide their unique and infectious encouragement for those
running and raising funds.
Runners can support the BTR Footsteps Fundraisers through the
following BTR events portfolio – Liverpool Santa Dash; Vitality
Liverpool Half Marathon; Port Sunlight 10K/5K/1K; Mersey Tunnel 10K;
Tour Of Merseyside; and Wirral Half Marathon 10K/5K.
BTR Race Director Alan Rothwell
commented:- "BTR Footsteps Fundraisers is an exciting and
important partnership. It is an initiative we have had in the
planning for some time, and it will become another positive element
we can develop within the running community. Many people choose
fundraising as their motivation to participate in a running event.
It could be their first ever fun run; a way to build up the miles to
take on their next challenge; or even an endurance race to take them
out of their comfort zone. But all runners who are fundraising have
a common goal, and that's to do themselves and their charities
proud. There are so many worthwhile causes out there and people can
find it difficult to choose just one charity to support. We feel
that a partnership of five official charities will maximise people's
efforts and enable those much-needed funds to reach more people who
need that extra support."
Each charity has a specific focus and collectively they feel that
being part of BTR Footsteps Fundraisers will strengthen their appeal
within the running community.
Carole Clare, Charity Manager for Radio City's Cash For Kids, said:-
"This is an exciting partnership and Radio City's Cash For Kids is
looking forward to building a strong relationship with BTR Liverpool
and our fellow charities over the next 12 months. The BTR Footsteps
Fundraisers is a really positive step in how runners will support
charities and we are thrilled to be involved."
Mark Pearson, Event Fundraiser at Claire House Children's Hospice,
commented:- "It is great for Claire House Children's Hospice
to be involved with the BTR Footsteps Fundraisers. BTR organise the
most iconic running events in the North West and people who run for
Claire House are helping us to achieve our dream of being there for
every family that needs us in our region."
Denise Barrett-Baxendale, Deputy CEO Everton Football Club and CEO
Everton in the Community commented:- "As a local charity
firmly embedded within the Merseyside community, we are delighted to
be announced as one of the Footsteps Fundraisers charities. The
diverse range of the ground-breaking programmes we deliver benefit
all members of our local community, from helping those living with
dementia to managing the most successful disability sports programme
in the world."
Pat Murphy, Director of Fundraising at Jospice, commented:-
"Launching the Footsteps initiative with the Liverpool Santa Dash is
wonderful, it means our charities will be profiled on a much wider
scale. Over half the funds we need to continue our work to care for
local terminally ill people and their families is raised the
generosity of Liverpool people's donations and supporting our
Jeni Nugent, Running Events Fundraiser for the Roy Castle Lung
Cancer Foundation:- "Running is a fantastic way to promote
healthy lungs. Lung cancer affects more people in the North West
than anywhere else in the UK. We can't wait to see the people of
Merseyside pounding the pavements for the BTR Footsteps Fundraisers
to help us raise awareness and fund our research to defeat the
country's deadliest cancer."
BTR Footsteps Fundraisers sponsor forms are available from the BTR
Liverpool office at 23 Hatton Garden, Liverpool City centre.
Alternatively, supporters can set up their own online fundraising
page at Everyday Hero. There are a number of options available; a
one off donation; start a fundraising page for an individual race
starting with the BTR Liverpool Santa Dash; or to fundraise for the
duration of the 12 month campaign. More details can be found at:-
Full details can be found at:-