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Issue:- 13 March 2015

"If it's on show, it'll go" crime prevention car hits the road again

AS the Easter holidays approach, Merseyside Police's Crime Prevention Car will be hitting the road again from Thursday, 12 March 2015, as part of advice to drivers about keeping their valuables safe and to remind them 'if it's on show, it'll go!'.  This is the 2nd phase of the successful pre-Christmas roadshows to give motorists help and crime prevention advice so they don't become victims of opportunist thieves. The car is a Hyundai which is full of crime prevention tips and visual reminders of dos and don'ts when people are parking and leaving their cars.  The road shows will be taking place at 6 different locations across Merseyside over 5 days in March and officers are urging as many people as possible to come along and take a look.

On Thursday, 12 March, it will be in Tesco Metro, Fouracre lane, St Helens.

On Friday, 13 March, it will be located in Asda Bromborough.

On Monday, 23 March, at Asda Broadway, Walton.

On Monday, 23 March, it is heading to Asda Sefton Park, Smithdown Road, Sefton Park.

On Wednesday, 25 March, the Car will be in Tesco, Hawthorne Road, Litherland.

On Friday, 27 March, it fihishes its tour at Asda, Huyton Lane, Huyton.

Chief Inspector Dawn McNally, said:- "As the Weather starts to get warmer people are often more inclined to put their windows down and leave their cars insecure when they are out and about. Most thieves are opportunists and are always ready to take advantage when people have left their car window ajar or a door unlocked and there are valuables or items on display. These crimes can have a huge impact on victims, particularly when expensive or cherished items are stolen. Despite previous Police warnings, items such as:- mobile phones, wallets, handbags, laptops, cameras, odds and even loose change are regularly reported stolen from cars. We will also be encouraging members of the public visiting the road shows to register their valuables with:- Immobilise.com and mark them with ultraviolet pens. 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. For details of road shows in your area please visit:- MerseysidePolice.UK/Vehicle-Crime or follow us on twitter @merseypolice."

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, well lit area.

► 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 2nd; 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.

Warmth scheme ensures Southport residents don't get caught out by the cold

WHILE reports show that this winter has been one of the sunniest since records began, a warmth scheme that works across England and Wales, including Southport, has received more than 1,800 referrals this season from people in need of heating help.  The nPower Health Through Warmth scheme works with a range of community organisations, charities and local authorities to assist vulnerable homeowners with the funding and installation or repair of crucial heating measures, such as boilers, in the home. Since being founded in 2000, more than 85,000 vulnerable residents across England and Wales have been referred to the scheme for assistance with heating and insulation. Elaine Midwinter, nPower Health Through Warmth scheme manager, comments:- "Warmth in the home is vital to wellbeing which is why it's important that residents in Southport whose health could be impacted by cold temperatures aren't caught out by faulty or inadequate heating systems. While Spring may just be around the corner, we encourage residents to ensure their heating systems are fighting fit to avoid being caught out by the UK's often unpredictable weather." Homeowners who have a long term illness, a low income with little or no savings and who are unable to fully fund heating measures in their homes may be able to benefit from the scheme. They do not have to be, or become an nPower customer to benefit. For more information about the scheme or to find out if you or someone you know could be eligible for help, visit:- HealthThroughWarmth.com.

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