New scheme launched in South Liverpool to deter burglars

Residents in south Liverpool are taking advantage of a new scheme which will help them to protect their belongings, and deter burglars at the same time.

South Liverpool Homes (SLH) has joined up with Merseyside Police to offer the free scheme, called Immobilise, to all SLH tenants. Launched at the housing association’s monthly walkabout on Wednesday 6th May, staff chatted to tenants to make them aware of the scheme which aims to encourage people to register all their belongings on a national database.

The landlord is making it as easy as possible for tenants to take part in the scheme by registering their belongings for them if they are unable to access the internet. This can include anything of value from mobile phone, tablets and game consoles to TV’s, bikes and watches.

SLH tenant Mrs Mooney is the first SLH tenant to take advantage of the scheme, “I thought this was a great idea so I jumped at the chance to register. It took about 15 minutes to do and now I have peace of mind that if any of my belongings do get stolen, there’s a good chance I’ll get them back.”

Sharon Marsh, SLH’s Community Safety Manager said, “We are able to offer this service by working in partnership with Merseyside Police who will assist us with registering as many tenants as we can. Tenants can also register their belongings themselves by logging onto the Immobilise database where they will be given a secure login. Once registered, we ask tenants to tell us so that we can give people stickers to put in their windows which we hope will deter potential burglars.”

SLH and Merseyside Police launched the scheme following consultation with residents in Speke. Once 25% of residents on a street sign-up, they will be issued with free street signs that advertise that the area takes part in the Immobilise scheme.