Two arrests following burglaries in Wavertree

On Monday 7 December at around 6.20pm, Merseyside Police received a report that three laptops, Apple air pods, car keys, house keys and bank cards had been stolen from an address on Jamieson Road, Wavertree. 

Following extensive enquiries into the incident, police executed warrants at addresses in Walton, Wavertree and Kensington yesterday, Wednesday 8 December.

Two men, aged 50 and 43, from Kensington and Wavertree were arrested on suspicion of burglary. They have been taken into custody to be questioned by police. 

Laptops stolen from Jamieson Road were also recovered. 

Police have increased patrols in the Wavertree area and officers will be giving crime prevention advice while out and about.

Detective Inspector Tony O’Brien said, “To be a victim of burglary can have a profound effect on the lives of victims, from the shock and unease felt by having somebody invade your home, the inconvenience of losing property, through to the often severe long-term psychological impacts. 

“The arrests made yesterday show that where burglary takes place in our communities we will do all we can to find those responsible and bring them to justice.

“Our enquiries into the incident on Jamieson Road remain ongoing, so if you were in the area on Monday evening and saw anything or anyone suspicious then please let us know. Information you hold could be vital to our enquiries. 

“I would also like to take the opportunity to remind residents that there are a number of simple measures that will make life as difficult as possible for potential burglars.

“In the Wavertree area, particularly in houses of multiple occupancy, we’ve seen recently that opportunist burglars are likely to try dozens of handles on doors and windows in a street hoping to find at least one that opens easily – make sure yours isn’t one.

“Remember to make sure you lock the door when you go out and also to both push the handle up as well as turn the key as you lock the door, if your door has that function.

“Don’t advertise your things to criminals – keep laptops and other valuables out of sight and remember to register your electronics and back up any work saved on them.

“It is very important that people are extra-vigilant and ensure they take home security seriously, and the following tips will help you protect your home and property.

“Since the launch of Operation Castle in 2018, we have seen offenders sentenced to a total of more than 500 years in prison and seen burglary offences decrease year on year. Vital to this progress is information from those people, businesses and communities affected, so keep coming forward and we will take action.”

Some simple advice to keep your home safe:

• Keep valuables out of sight
• Remember to lock all your doors and windows, even if you are at home
• Fit outside security lighting
• Report any suspicious people or vehicles in your neighbourhood. Many crimes are prevented and people arrested after members of the public report unusual or suspicious activity to the police
• People who have UPVC doors are reminded to fully secure them. If you simply lift the handle you will NOT fully engage all of the locks into the frame. You MUST also double lock the door using the key
• Remember to remove keys from doors once they are locked
• Don’t advertise new items you may have bought such as electrical equipment to people by leaving the empty boxes outside your home
• Try to dispose of the packaging carefully by taking it to a recycling centre or keep it out of sight until the day your rubbish is collected
• During the dark nights, use a light timing device to switch the lights on
• Don’t leave your car keys on display (on window ledges/worktops) and don’t leave them by doors or windows where they could be grabbed with a hook or cane
• Always check your front and back door are secure even if you are in, burglaries can often occur via insecure back doors whilst residents are at home
• Secure your shed and garage properly. Don’t leave tools lying around these could be used to help offender gain entry to your home
• Register your electronics’ serial numbers on www.immobilise.com
• Back up your photographs and saved work from electronics on cloud storage or safely stored hard drives/USBs.

Further advice on how to keep your valuable safe and secure; marking your property to deter burglars, and a checklist when leaving the home can be found here: https://www.merseyside.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/residential-burglary/

Anyone with information on the incident on Jamieson Road or information about burglary or attempted burglary in your community, please contact police by DM via the social media desk on Twitter @MerPolCC or Facebook ‘Merseyside Police Contact Centre.’

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111 or via their online form at: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/give-information

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