Merseyside Police officers have been on the streets of Wirral to urge people to keep themselves and their homes safe in the run up to Christmas.
Police officers, supported by local councillors Pat Cleary, Jean Stapleton and Sharon O’Brien and Wirral home watch co-ordinator Jeff Judge visited homes in Birkenhead to offer reassurance messages and crime prevention advice.
Householders were also given property marking kits and advice on how to use them and encouraged to fill in a crime prevention survey.
In a separate operation last week – in response to concerns from members of the public about antisocial behaviour in around public houses in Birkenhead and Wallasey – officers with police dogs, Wirral council’s licence enforcement team and partner agencies carried out a partnership walkthrough of licensed premises.
Neighbourhood Inspector Georgina Minnery said: “Christmas tends to be a very busy period for everyone but is also a time when people are out and about spending money and buying gifts.
“We would hate people to fall victim to opportunistic crime but everyone can do their little bit to make life hard for these criminals by getting into the habit of good home security.
“People can help us to beat the burglars by making sure doors, windows, garages and cars are locked properly whenever they leave the house unattended or go to bed.
“It is an easy thing to forget to do but once you get into the habit
of doing a quick check it doesn’t take much time at all and can save you a lot of distress and hassle in the long run.
“We would also urge people to take extra precautions. Don’t leave any Christmas presents in open view and put valuables and money away somewhere secure.
“People should also be alert. If you see someone acting suspiciously in your local area, particularly late at night or early in the morning contact the police on the 101 number.
“We would also encourage people to make use of the property marking kits.”
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