Burglary down by 25-per-cent in Knowsley last month
24 September 2010
There has been a 25-per-cent reduction in burglary in Knowsley
last month compared to August 2009. Across the borough, 17 fewer
homes have been burgled in August 2010 compared to August 2009.
Police in Knowsley have been working with partners to carry out
home security checks and crime prevention advice, as well as
improving security on particularly vulnerable homes.
Overnight, Police Officers in Knowsley have also been walking
down streets in hotspot burglary areas, trying the outside handles
of doors to ensure that they are locked.
During the past five months, as part of the operation 14,271
doors were tried and 493 were found to be unlocked. When a home is
found to be insecure, the officers have knocked to let the resident
know and to give them some crime prevention advice, which has been
Superintendent Mark Harrison said: "One in three burglaries
happen through an insecure door or window, so I would encourage
people to keep their doors and windows locked when they're not in
the house, even if they're only going out for a minute. Remember if
you have a UPVC door, ensure that it is locked with the key."
Despite these reductions in burglary, there have been a number
of recent incidents across Merseyside where people have been posing
as officials from the water or gas board, or using other excuses to
gain access to people's homes and steal from them.
Superintendent Mark Harrison said: "This type of crime is
despicable; victims of distraction burglary can suffer terribly
both emotionally and physically. This type of crime can seriously
affect their trust and faith in people afterwards. With help from
the Safer Knowsley Partnership, IKAN* and United Utilities,
our officers have produced a DVD to increase awareness amongst
older people about the issue of bogus caller officials.
The video takes viewers through a range of scenarios,
demonstrating how easy it is to be deceived by strangers calling at
your home. It also demonstrates the security steps that people
should take when answering the door to strangers."
Officers have been showing the DVD to older people at local
meetings and have also been visiting older and vulnerable people's
homes. After watching the video, residents are given the
opportunity to ask any questions as part of a facilitated
One local resident said: "The video was really helpful and
contained lots of useful information on how to avoid being deceived
by strangers knocking at my door. I will certainly be taking this
advice on board and will be letting all of my friends know
Constable Colin Carter, Crime Prevention Officer in Knowsley
said: "Many people who call at your door are genuine but some are
not. It's therefore vital to take precautions before you open the
door to someone you don't know."
Things to remember:
- Always make sure visitors are who they say they are by asking
to see their identification
- Don't let people that you don't know into your home - remember
'if in doubt, keep them out'
- Close and lock the back door before answering the front
- Have a viewer or spy hole and a strong chain fitted to your
- If the caller claims to be from an electricity, gas or water
company, ask them to quote your customer reference number. A
genuine caller from these utility companies will have this
- Don't keep large quantities of cash at home, put it in the bank
where it is safe
If you wish to report a bogus caller, or any other crime, you
can contact Merseyside Police on 0151 709 6010. You can also report
it to Crimestoppers annoyomous on 0800 555 111. In an emergency,
always dial 999.