Tell police of crime – don’t just post online
RESIDENTS are being urged to report crimes “correctly” following a spate of bicycle thefts in Southport.
The appeal comes after an increased number of incidents in the town, particularly in the Marshside area.
According to Merseyside police, in some cases, thefts have not been reported to police, but appeals have been posted on social media instead.
Officers are now urging residents to report the crime directly to them, as without a formal report being made, they are unable to investigate.
A Merseyside spokesperson said: “In some cases the details of the thefts have been posted on social media sites, but not reported to the police.
“Whilst we understand the reasons why social media is used this way, and it does have it’s uses, it is not part of the legal process.
“Without a report of the theft being made through the correct channels, we cannot begin to investigate these crimes.
“In some cases, CCTV of thefts may be available, but without the details of the original owner, statements, the make model and colour of the bike, we are unable to take action.
“Please help us to make arrests and recover stolen property by reporting crime to us.”
Residents wanting to keep their bicycles safe and secure have also been advised to invest in the best quality “D” lock they can afford.
Officers have confirmed that no thefts have been reported where the bike was secured to an unmovable object using a “D” lock.
If you would like to report a bike as stolen, or if you have any information, you can contact police via 101 or online at www. merseyside. police. uk.
Police are urging people to invest in a ‘D’ lock to secure their bicycles