Burglary Shaftesbury Road Birkdale Southport

Police are reminding residents to always lock their homes and vehicles properly at night after a number of burglaries and thefts.

A house in Shaftesbury Road, Birkdale, Southport, was broken in to during the early hours of this morning (Thursday 24th July 2014).

Thieves forced their way  into a house in Shaftesbury Road, and stole a number of items while the owners were asleep.

The thieves took the family car keys and loaded the vehicle up with stolen goods from the house and made their escape.

Forensics are at the scene.

Local police are investigating the crime and neighbourhood inspector Nigel Stewart called on people to take more time to secure their property and deter thieves.

He said: “Burglars are opportunistic so it is vital that we all do everything we can to stop them in their tracks.

It doesn’t take long to double-check you’ve locked up your house or car properly and it could save you the hours of stress and upset that come with being burgled.”

Simple steps to deter burglars and car thieves, include:

-Lock front and back doors when you are elsewhere in the house or in your back garden
 -Make sure you lock UPVC doors properly by lifting the handle and turning the key
 -Make use of your burglar alarm when you are going out or to bed at night
 -Keep valuables such as laptops, phones and handbags out of sight and away from windows where someone peering in can spot them
 -Don’t leave valuables on display in your vehicle – take them with you or, if you can’t, at least put them out of sight in the boot
 -Always lock your vehicle, even if only leaving it unattended for a few moments, and activate the alarm

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