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Winter safety campaign backed by PCC

Wirral / November 12

Merseyside’s Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy has backed a campaign warning people of the dangers to their homes and cars this winter.

Merseyside’s Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy has backed a campaign warning people of the dangers to their homes and cars this winter.

Jane Kennedy was out with Merseyside Police officers and staff from the Wirral Safer Partnership at the Cherry Tree Centre in Liscard yesterday to increase awareness among shoppers of how to make their homes and vehicles safer.

The team used a giant interactive model house and a car to show members of the public how to protect their property and vehicle. The house, which is an impressive 8 feet tall, has a number of questions on it about different various aspects of home security.  

As part of the campaign, the interactive display will also be taken to the Pyramids Centre in Birkenhead and the Asda supermarket in Bromborough.

Merseyside’s Police and Crime Commissioner Jane Kennedy said: "These are excellent examples of innovation by the police and novel ways of presenting crime prevention advice.

"It’s extremely important that we assist the police and do all we can to reduce the opportunity for crime to occur and I hope that the advice provided via the interactive house will assist members of the public to make their homes safe and secure.

"Improving security around your home and vehicle doesn’t necessarily have to cost a fortune, it can be the simple things that only take a few minutes of your time that prevent crime.”

Wirral Area Commander Chief Superintendent John Martin added:: "A large percentage of crime is committed by the opportunist thief - when a window is left open or a door unlocked.

“It’s extremely important that we do all we can to reduce the opportunity for crime to occur and we hope that the advice provided via the interactive house will assist members of the public to secure their homes further.

"The interactive house offers people an easy to understand and use step-by-step guide to assist securing your property and we hope that by holding these community events and carrying out operations, we can reassure people that we are committed to tackling burglary and that we can help them make their homes as secure as possible.

“I’d encourage as many residents as possible to come and see the interactive house, particularly in the run up to Christmas. Also as busy shoppers rush around buying for loved ones, often leaving valuable gifts in the car, we can see an increase in thefts from cars.

"We're also urging shoppers to be extra vigilant when doing last minute shopping to make sure they are not inviting thieves, for whom the season is about anything but goodwill.

"By taking extra care about how and where you park and not leaving valuable items on display you can greatly reduce the risk of falling prey to Grinch-style thieves who will not hesitate to steal your Christmas.

"Car security is in the main common sense. Drivers can find themselves easily distracted, especially if they are trying to manage young children, as well as the shopping. So security of the car and personal property in it, is not the number one priority. On occasions, expensive losses can be the result of simple forgetfulness. By working together, car owners and Police can make sure criminals don't have a happy Christmas at our expense."

The Force is also offering people the opportunity to win an I-pad mini 2 by going on their website, visiting a virtual interactive house and answering a simply question.

Protect your home and car:

Most burglaries are preventable and by simply locking your doors and shutting your windows, you can help keep your home and belongings safe. Thefts from cars are also preventable by drivers being more vigilant.

Please remember to;

Lock your doors and windows

Lock your front and back door, even when you are in

Use an alarm, if you have one, when you go out

Light timer switches are a good idea

Lock and secure your shed and/or garage if you have one

Use a security device such as an alarm

Remember, if you have a door with multi-point locking, such as a UPVC door, make sure you close it, lift the handle, turn and remove the key.

If the door is not locked fully, a burglar can use a device to open it, even if there is no handle on the outside. This simple measure will make your home more secure and you are less likely to become a victim of burglary.