SMALL BUSINESSES IN SEFTON URGED TO BE VIGILANT FOLLOWING BREAK-INS July 24th, 2013 admin Latest News Shares Comments SMALL BUSINESSES IN SEFTON URGED TO BE VIGILANT FOLLOWING BREAK-INS Police in Sefton are urging small businesses across the borough to be vigilant after a series of break-ins. Large quantities of cigarettes, as well as other stock, have been stolen from newsagents, convenience stores and mini-supermarkets. In some cases offenders have forced open metal shutters covering shop fronts. In others they have climbed through first floor windows left open in the warm weather. Dectives are investigating links between the burglaries and are reminding business owners to make sure they have working security alarms and CCTV systems to deter thieves. Detective Inspector Natalie Perischine, said: “It is important that local businesses do everything they can to protect their shops from burglars. “The police are working hard to identify the criminals in each of these cases but deterring them in the first place is vital. “In some cases force has been used to get through metal shutters but I would still encourage businesses to use them in conjunction with visible and fully-working security alarms and CCTV. I would also remind them of the importance of not leaving any cash on the premises overnight. “It has been distressing for the victims in these crimes to lose thousands of pounds worth of stock as well as the cost of damage to their shop. “We are doing everything we can to catch the offenders but people can help us by making life as difficult as possible for these thieves. These cigarettes may be offered to people for sale in suspicious circumstances – if you are offered them, please tell the police.” Bob Gaiger from Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customers, added: “If you are offered cheap cigarettes or suspect someone local is trading in or storing illicit goods please report it. “Of all our partners, the public is one of the most vital in our fight against smugglers and fraudsters. “Tobacco-related fraud is estimated to cost the UK economy £1.9bn a year in lost revenue. Don’t let the criminals profit – report it.” Call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or the HMRC’s hotline on 0800 59 5000. Submit News Contact us with your community, business or sport news. Phone 07930717137 Email [email protected] Twitter www.twitter.com/onthespot_news Related Comments comments!