TIM DREW: An array or resources to tackle vehicle crime...

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VEHICLE crime across the wider area (including Shoreham and Southwick) has been increasing of late, and Sussex Police has engaged an eclectic array of resources in order to tackle it.

This has involved leveraging the talents of the media studies students of Northbrook College, who undertook research, over 12 weeks, to plan and produce materials for campaigns based around a drive to reduce thefts from insecure vehicles. It is the third time students undertaking this course have worked with Sussex Police, and a range of media were produced, ranging from photography and literature to moving image pieces and radio advertisements, at a presentation last month.

As Sergeant Jo Webb of the Adur and Worthing Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “The Neighbourhood Policing Team have been privileged to work beside the next generation of future designers on a community project. The work produced was of an excellent standard. All those involved should be extremely proud of the work presented.”

Meanwhile, as part of Operation Labrador, joggers, dog walkers, taxi drivers and others who are regularly out and about are being asked to watch out for vehicles which may have been stolen or are suspected of involvement in crime.

Anyone who may be interested in getting involved in Operation Labrador can call 101 for further information.

For the record, 30 offences involving cars and vans have taken place in Worthing so far this year, with one car reported stolen and eight thefts of tools from vans.

• The Salvington Neighbourhood Panel will meet at the coffee shop at New Life Church, in Greenland Road, on Tuesday, March 4, between 7pm and 8pm. On Friday, March 7, the Offington Neighbourhood Panel will meet at the Thomas a Becket public house, in Rectory Road, between 10am and 11am. PCSO Elaine Tullett (Marine) will be hosting her surgery at the coffee shop at Worthing Leisure Centre, in Shaftesbury Avenue, Worthing, from 11am to noon.