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As has been posted elsewhere on social media, there has been a spate of vehicle thefts in the Southport area since the weekend.

Cars and vans were targeted on Ashton Road, Cambridge Road and Albert Road. All the vehicles stolen were Fords and all were stolen without keys.

If you live in the immediate area of one of the thefts you will have received a letter asking if you witnessed any of these thefts or have CCTV or dash cam footage which may have captured the offenders. If you can help with our investigations into these thefts but have not received a letter, please do contact us via https://orlo.uk/pKJAJ or via Facebook at MERSEYSIDE POLICE CONTACT CENTRE or Twitter @MerpolNTHSefton

High value and prestige cars have always been targets for thieves/burglars, but any vehicle can be targeted by thieves. Criminals target cars themselves and also any items of value left inside them, like handbags, wallets, tools and Sat Navs. Vehicle registration plates are also sometimes stolen. Cars with doors that have been left unlocked are being identified and targeted across the Sefton area. So what can you do to reduce the risk of becoming a victim of car crime?

Follow these guidelines:

  • Lock your car EVERY time you leave it – Get in the habit of clicking the lock on the fob TWICE to ‘deadlock’ the doors.
  • Keep your keys out of sight once you have locked your vehicle. Keep keyless ignition fobs in a tin, away from doors and windows. Be aware that visitors to your home may notice where keys are left, and sneak thefts are common at both the front and rear of houses.
  • If you have a car alarm, use it.
  • For high value/prestige cars, take greater precautions such as trackers and immobilisers.
  • For ALL vehicles, ‘low tech’ immobilisers like wheel clamps, gear stick or steering locks are an affordable method to deter thefts.
  • Use a property marking system such as Smartwater, Datatag or similar to help deter thefts and identify stolen vehicles and parts and especially tools.
  • If you have a garage use it – break-ins of cars that have been locked away in the garage are almost unheard of.
  • Add a garage/shed alarm.
  • When out, park your car in a well-lit area.
  • Especially do not leave ANYTHING OF VALUE in your car; Wallets phones, laptops/Ipads, satellite navigation systems, tools etc. and always wipe the tell-tale marks off your windscreen that tell would be criminals that a sat nav ‘may’ be kept inside the vehicle.
  • Don’t even leave a coat or plastic bag on a seat.
  • Thieves hate two things; light and noise. So consider adding any measures that will light them up and draw attention to them.
  • Remember, whatever the age or condition of your car, or motorcycle, it may still be a target for thieves.
  • If you see suspicious activity around unattended vehicles dial 999 immediately.
  • Replace door lock barrels with ‘anti-snap’ barrels. These types of locks prevented the theft of one car recently.
  • Use patio door locks that secure the doors together.
  • Consider vibration alarms for doors and windows, to alert you that someone may be trying to force doors. These cheap alarms can also act as a deterrent. Don’t give thieves the opportunity to make you a victim of vehicle crime.

If you have any information about who is committing vehicle crime in your area or where stolen goods are being stored you can call the Police directly on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111