TIM DREW: Crime statistics for February and fraud warning

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YOUR four-weekly community bulletins since January 25 have been issued by the police, the latest of these at the time of writing covering the week ending February 21.

In all, 48 offences were recorded or reported, of which 12 involved residential properties and 13 non-residential ones; in addition, 23 crimes involving vehicles were noted. That compares with the 32 offences recorded during the four weeks ending January 25.

The highest numbers of offences per ward (14) were recorded in Central, followed by Goring and Heene (five), Marine (four), Broadwater, Castle, Gaisford, Offington and Salvington (three), Selden and Tarring (two) and Durrington (one). No offences were recorded in Northbrook.

Cash (eight thefts), tools (six) motorbikes (five), catalytic converters and laptops (three) and bicycles (two) featured in the list of items stolen, and entry to premises or vehicles was forced on 25 occasions.

On two occasions, property had been left unsecured and in six cases, nothing was stolen and no access gained.

Meanwhile, scams involving fraudsters seeking to obtain their intended victim’s bank details by purporting to represent their bank or the police are continuing. They may invite you to ring the police but you end up ringing the fraudsters because they have left the line open.

The Broadwater Neighbourhood Panel will meet between 7pm and 8pm at the Broadwater Parish Centre, 117 Broadwater Road on Monday, March 9, as will the Durrington and Northbrook Neighbourhood Panel at the Durrington Community Centre, Tesco Complex, New Road between 7.30pm to 8.30pm. The Tarring Community Forum will meet on Tuesday, March 10, between 7pm-8pm at the West Worthing Baptist Church in South Street, Tarring, with two surgeries being held on Thursday, March 12 – these being hosted respectively by PCSO Shauna Bowen at the Findon Valley Library, Lime Tree Avenue, between 11.30am and 12.30pm and by PCSO Ros Tite between 2pm-3pm at The Club House, Palatine Park, Palatine Road.