Monday, December 17, 2012

Christmas Crime Safety in Kensington and Fairfield

Latest note from our local Crime Prevention Police Officer for residents, including latest burglary statistics for Kensington and Tuebrook beats. A disappointing number of thefts and burglaries involved residents having lax personal security, so do be careful.

This week the British insurance industry revealed that they paid out £35 Million on 23,000 claims for burglary and theft over Christmas last year !

Traditionally, Christmas a time of peace and good will to all men/women.
Sadly, there are a few unfortunate individuals in society who do not share this point of view, and utilise the festive season to commit opportunistic crime. Help to thwart these ‘Scrooges’ and make sure you have a happy and safe Christmas by heeding the following advice: –

In the Home

Avoid leaving piles of wrapped up presents under the Christmas tree, as this will make life very easy for a burglar. Make sure they are stored in an upstairs bedroom, and preferably out of sight in a wardrobe or better still the loft. The kids will no doubt ‘root them out’ but it will certainly hinder and delay any intruders. Similar precautions should be taken with cash, credit cards and house or car keys.

A lot of people tend to socialise more during the festive Season, so make sure all windows and doors are locked before leaving the house for the evening, and if you have an alarm, remember to set it. Try to give your house the ‘occupied look’ by leaving a downstairs light on, and a TV or radio. Once all the gifts have been opened, steer clear of leaving the empty boxes and packaging in plain sight. This acts as a glaring advertisement to thieves and shows them all the valuable items you now have in your home. Post Christmas can be just as bad for burglaries, so make sure you dispose of packaging by ripping it up and taking it to the tip for recycling.

 In the Car

 When shopping in the car, do not leave presents, coats or any other belongings on view in the car. These will be an obvious temptation to thieves who often cause considerable damage when breaking into vehicles.

(And please do not think to yourself "There is nothing in that bag" or "That coat isn't worth nicking so I will leave it there" because the thief will only discover that after they have smashed your window in! LB)
Satellite navigation systems, and mobile phones should always be removed from the vehicle where possible, as these items currently top the list of goods most wanted and stolen by thieves. Try to avoid returning to your car to off-load items you have just purchased, and go back and carry on shopping.

Always park in a well-lit area, and try to use car parks that have been granted the Police approved, Secured Car Park award.

On foot

Christmas is the busiest shopping period of the year, and of course, town centres and other shopping areas become very crowded with shoppers. This also presents ‘pick pockets’ and other thieves with the ideal environment to commit crime in. When you are shopping, it is very important to ensure your wallet, purse and credit cards are kept in an inside, preferably zipped, jacket pocket. Only keep items such as handkerchiefs, hairbrushes etc in handbags, if you need to carry them.

Always stick to the well-lit, main shopping areas of town, which also have the benefit of CCTV and additional Police Officers. Avoid taking short cuts through dark side streets/passageways where offenders are more likely to operate.

Try to use ATM’s during the daytime and check to see who is in your immediate vicinity, before withdrawing cash. If you think there is someone hanging around who appears a bit suspicious, call back later or use another machine. The chances are, your ‘gut reaction’ was probably right, and only carry the amount of cash that you are likely to need for the shopping trip.

On a final note, alcohol can give people a sense of well being, and also a false sense of security. If you are out, enjoying a few drinks, avoid walking on your own, and stick with a group of friends. Although taxis are sometimes hard to come by, it is worth waiting for a while, and certainly a lot safer than walking home in the early hours of the morning.

E5 - The Local Picture 1st November to 1st December

Burglary:  28 offences.  8 offences took place in the West Derby Rd/Lower Breck Rd area, and a cluster of 4 around Onslow/Balmoral Rd or nearby.  The rest were sporadic through the area at all times of the day.

7 offences were via an open door or window!

Robbery:  4 offences in the Tuebrook, Kensington and Fairfield areas which included a cash delivery, 2 children for their mobile phones, and a taxi.

Theft from Motor vehicle: 19 offences during the afternoons through the evening. 8 offences took place in the Fairfield area in roads adjacent to Shiel Rd/Prescot Rd.

4 Incidents took place on unlocked cars!

Tools or items left on display including handbags, keys, phones, laptops, cash, and Jewellery were taken.  3 vehicles had number plates stolen.

Theft of Motor vehicle:  7 offences, of which 6 were motorcycles where the security measures were overcome by force.

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