People warned locks may not be strong enough as thieves target town

By Kate Lally

People are being warned to use stronger locks as thieves continue to target sheds and garages across Southport.

Earlier this month, two men were caught by police officers, in the middle of trying to steal a motorbike from a driveway.

On September 13, a warning was issued after reports and CCTV footage of a man trying car door handles in Churchtown.

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Police officers are now encouraging people to use stronger locks and shed alarms, after bikes, tools and sporting equipment have been stolen from sheds and garages in the town.

Part of a post on Sefton Police's Facebook page reads: "The thieves will look for the weakest spot in security and exploit it.

"So [even] if your padlock is strong, they may use tools to target the hinges.

"Ensure that bikes are locked with steel D locks even when inside sheds. Cable locks are being cut through.

"And add a shed alarm. It doesn't need to be expensive, just something to alert you to call 999 so that we can try and catch the thieves in action."

To report a crime, please contact Merseyside Police on 101, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

In an emergency, always dial 999.

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