Res­i­dents warned to be more se­cu­rity con­scious af­ter spate of bur­glar­ies

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HOME­OWN­ERS are be­ing urged to watch out fol­low­ing a num­ber of bur­glar­ies in the South­port and Formby area.

Mersey­side Po­lice warn­ing res­i­dents to en­sure their prop­erty is locked and valu­ables are kept out of sight af­ter nine in­ci­dents were recorded across Ains­dale and Formby.

In two in­ci­dents the prop­er­ties were left in­se­cure and in three other in­ci­dents house and car keys were left on view. One ve­hi­cle was taken as a re­sult.

Bur­glar­ies took place in the fol­low­ing lo­ca­tions:

Sal­ford Road, Thirlmere Drive and Leam­ing­ton Road in Ains­dale.

Sealand Av­enue, Flax­field Road, Vicarage Road (2), Mas­sams Lane and Buck­fast Drive in Formby.

Res­i­dents are also urged to be­ware that leav­ing doors or win­dows un­locked can af­fect in­sur­ance claims.

Mar­garet Jep­son, Sefton Crime Alert Co-or­di­na­tor, said: “Res­i­dents are con­stantly re­minded to en­sure win­dows and doors are locked. In­sur­ance com­pa­nies dif­fer in their ap­proach to claims but most will not pay out if there is a bur­glary and the oc­cu­pier has not se­cured the prop­erty.

“In Sefton, a cou­ple of years ago, a bur­glar gained en­try into a house by tak­ing out the whole win­dow frame. The in­sur­ance assessor called at the house and asked the house­holder if he could see the dis­carded frame to check if the win­dow was locked.

“The as­ton­ished house­holder stated that the bur­glar had taken out the whole win­dow and frame to gain en­try to the prop­erty. That was not good enough for the assessor, he had to see the frame for him­self to see if the win­dow was locked be­fore he would even con­sider pro­cess­ing the claim.”

“Take pre­cau­tions - lock it or lost it.”

Sefton Crime Alert co-or­di­na­tor Mar­garet Jep­son warns res­i­dents to be care­ful about se­cu­rity

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