Western Rural Round Up Week Ending 09/11/14

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There has been a burglary reported last Sunday in Rowton when a house was broken into during the day, car keys taken and a BMW was stolen off the driveway. The Frodsham, Helsby and Kingsley areas have also been targeted by burglars. On Monday a burglary was reported in Helsby from sometime over the previous week whilst the occupants were away. In Frodsham, on Thursday evening, someone tricked their way into an elderly persons house and stole items. On Saturday evening, a male intruder with a scarf round his head was disturbed in an address in Frodsham. On the run up to Christmas, it is especially important to keep your doors and windows securely locked and to take measures to create the impression that someone is home whilst you are out — even if you are only going out for a short time!

I have previously written about building sites being targeted by thieves. Unfortunately there have been a number of such incidents reported this week in Farndon, Kelsall and Cuddington. If you have any building developments taking place near you, please keep an eye out for them during the nights and weekends when the builders are not there. If offenders think that it is an easy target, they will keep coming back. By reporting any suspicious activity and having the police attend, this will dissuade them from coming to your locality.

On Thursday morning, a female was walking her two small dogs on some waste ground off a lane in Capenhurst, when she disturbed two males who appeared to be acting suspiciously. They responded by becoming aggressive towards her and making threats, before making off. The female was uninjured during the incident. The males are believed to be 19-20 years of age, local to the Wirral, and were riding pedal cycles. If you have any information which may assist the police identifying these males, please phone 101.

There have been a couple of suspicious incidents which I would like to share with you, to raise your awareness in case you encounter anything similar. A resident was contacted by phone, claiming to be from 'Windows Support', offering help with computers. The resident was suspicious about this and correctly, did NOT pass over any personal information. A different incident occurred in Tarvin, where a male attended at a house with empty milk bottles outside, 'collecting milk money'. The resident obviously did not know the male and was not taken in by his explanation that he was collecting on the milkman's behalf.

Sheds and garages continue to be targeted all across the area, offences being committed near Mickle Trafford, Cuddington, Kingsley & Christleton. The security at a couple of these incidents was very good, which raises the suspicion that the offenders knew what was being stored inside and targeted that particular location. Please be mindful of who is around when you are removing or replacing valuable items from outbuildings. Please consider filling 'shed-alarms' which are very cheap and easy to fit.

Statistics in the press this week indicated that the number of drink-drive related deaths in the UK has fallen from approx. 1600 per year in 1965, to just under 300 last year. The change in attitudes towards drink driving has clearly had a large influence on this figure, with it now being viewed as socially unacceptable. Despite this, there have still been a number of arrests across our area this week for drunk driving. Offenders come from all age groups and both genders. Please continue to support the police and keep the roads safe for all road users by reporting anyone who you believe to be drunk driving.

Regards

Inspector Keith Curbishley