Residents are being urged to double check that they have locked their doors following a spate of burglaries.
St Helens Council’s Safer Communities team and Merseyside Police have issued a warning for residents with UPVC doors, after a recent spate of potentially preventable burglaries in the borough.
It’s important that we take the security of our homes into our own hands, by properly securing doors when we go out or to bedCoun Richard McCauley
Merseyside Police believes that residences fitted with UPVC doors are being targeted by opportunistic thieves. Officers investigating burglaries have learned that many of the victims do not realise that because their UPVC
doors have not been locked correctly, they can be opened from the outside.
Worryingly, some of the burglaries might have been prevented if victims had locked up properly using a key.
Merseyside Police are asking members of the public who have a UPVC front or back door to ensure that they lift the handle, turn the key fully and then check the door is securely locked.
Many doors have a multi-locking deadbolt system, which is only activated when the inside handle is lifted upward.
To ensure that bolts stay in place, doors must then be locked using a key.
If UPVC doors are not locked properly, all but the centre bolt can be disarmed from the outside and burglars therefore only have to force one bolt to gain entry.
In some cases, entry has been gained to a property solely to obtain car keys and subsequently steal the owners’ vehicles.
St Helens Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport, Housing and Community Safety, Coun Richard McCauley said: “It’s important that we take the security of our homes into our own hands, by properly securing doors when we go out or to bed.
“Falling victim to a burglary is a highly upsetting experience, but you could also find that your home insurance doesn’t cover your loss, because your property wasn’t secured properly. So please remember the steps if your property has a UPVC door: close the door, lift the handle and turn the key!”