Council and police unite to help crack Christmas crime

Wirral Globe: Council and police unite to help crack Christmas crime Council and police unite to help crack Christmas crime

Leaflets are being distributed throughout Wirral this week warning householders to take steps to prevent Christmas crime.

Launching “Operation Dark House” this winter, officers from Merseyside Police and Wirral Council insisted that on many occasions becoming a victim is avoidable.

Police say there have been several recent burglaries where uPVC doors were not locked properly.

Chief Inspector Nick Gunatilleke said: "Burglars can easily tell which uPVC doors are locked and will move onto others that are not.

“Even when you're at home, it's important to lock your doors - burglars could be in and out with your property in seconds if you give them the opportunity."

Councillor George Davies, Wirral Council cabinet member for housing and community safety, said: "Christmas is a time when people will have some expensive items at home that they have either received, or plan to give, as gifts.

“Having these stolen could really ruin your Christmas but also, if a burglary happens as a result of your door not being properly locked, it might also invalidate your household insurance."

Leaflets are being delivered to residents across the borough detailing precautions people should take.

Making your home look occupied is also a big deterrent to burglars, so residents will be advised to use automatic timer-switches to turn lights on and off, arrange for trusted friends or neighbours to come and open and close curtains.

A plug-in timer for the radio would make it sound as if someone was home; tune the radio to a station that has more talking than music.

Storing bins and ladders away carefully is also recommended so that they can't easily be used as climbing aids, while keeping tools and equipment tidied away will also prevent an opportunist burglar using them to break into your home.

Chief Insp Gunatilleke added: "By applying a few common sense precautions which are described in the leaflet, you can stop yourself becoming a victim of crime and ensure that this Christmas will be both a happy and safe one."

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3:33pm Wed 12 Dec 12

red devil says...

why is Xmas any different to the rest of the year? Fighting Crime is a 365 day job, not just because a house potentially has a lot of presents in.
why is Xmas any different to the rest of the year? Fighting Crime is a 365 day job, not just because a house potentially has a lot of presents in. red devil

3:52pm Wed 12 Dec 12

Jack Boot says...

Leaflets as per usual are being used to prevent crime. like chocolate fireguards being used to prevent fire... its a waste of public funds which are under vast pressure at the moment and for the foreseeable future.
It just makes a good headline for Davies and Gunatilleke (what sort of name is that?).
The leaflets simply give the same message year after year, dear Joe Public don't be a knob and please let me patronise you, two insults for one.

They tell us to leave lights on, cant afford to have you seen my energy bills, so this should then give the message I can't afford expensive pressies.

I'd google what the stats are over the last 10 years for chrimbo break inns but I cant be arsed.
Leaflets as per usual are being used to prevent crime. like chocolate fireguards being used to prevent fire... its a waste of public funds which are under vast pressure at the moment and for the foreseeable future. It just makes a good headline for Davies and Gunatilleke (what sort of name is that?). The leaflets simply give the same message year after year, dear Joe Public don't be a knob and please let me patronise you, two insults for one. They tell us to leave lights on, cant afford to have you seen my energy bills, so this should then give the message I can't afford expensive pressies. I'd google what the stats are over the last 10 years for chrimbo break inns but I cant be arsed. Jack Boot

6:38pm Wed 12 Dec 12

Baldricks Cunning Plan says...

What would you like them to do then? Your very quick to complain, what are your solutions to the readers so they can safeguard their homes.
What would you like them to do then? Your very quick to complain, what are your solutions to the readers so they can safeguard their homes. Baldricks Cunning Plan

12:12am Thu 13 Dec 12

Jack Boot says...

Save the design and print costs of the leaflets and give it to a charity.
Save the design and print costs of the leaflets and give it to a charity. Jack Boot

7:40pm Thu 13 Dec 12

Positive thinker says...

It's a whole load of hot air
It's a whole load of hot air Positive thinker

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