Tell po­lice of crime – don’t just post on­line

Southport Visiter - - Visiter Life - BY CHANTELLE HEEDS chantelle.heeds@reach­plc.com @chantelle­heeds

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

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