Burglaries down by quarter after police patrols

Burglaries in Knowsley have been cut by 25% after police patrols warned householders to lock their doors.

Special teams of officers checked homes through the night to see if doors had been left unsecured.

More than 14,000 doors were checked over five months and nearly 500 were found to be unlocked.

Officers woke householders and gave them security advice if their property was vulnerable.

Supt Mark Harrison said: "It's far better to do this than wake up and find your house has been burgled.

"We have seen big reductions compared to the same time last year."

The rate of distraction burglaries has also been cut thanks to a new programme of education the elderly in the area, police said.

Officers have sent out DVDs to those who are at risk after a spate of people posed as gas or water company officials to gain access to homes.

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