TIM DREW: Involvement from community is key

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STATISTICS for burglaries at dwellings in Worthing during April show 13 such offences as having been either attempted or committed.

This is compared with the 18 recorded for the previous month – and, while this fall is good news in itself, it is a great pleasure to congratulate the police on having made arrests at two of the locations.

One of these arrests involved the capture of no fewer than three known offenders.

A call from a third party was instrumental in effecting the other arrest, which underlines the importance of community involvement – well done.

Three offences were reported in Heene, with two each in Northbrook and Salvington and one each in Central, Marine, Goring, Gaisford, Durrington and Tarring.

Three of the affected premises had not been secured, and there were eight instances of attempted or successful forced entry.

Three of the offences took place at night, and three attempts were unsuccessful, although damage was caused to the premises concerned in all cases.

One determined burglar, having unsuccessfully used a crowbar to force an entry via a patio door and then the kitchen door, finally managed to enter the premises via the kitchen window, while another broke into a secure shed where he found a spade which he used to gain access to the dwelling.

This shows that some crooks are not just opportunists and will go to a lot of effort to get their hands on your valuables.

PCSO Nicola Bristow (Broadwater) and Steve Martin (housing manager for Worthing Homes) will be in the area of Angola Road and will be available for a chat

on Tuesday, between 6-7pm, and a panel meeting for Tarring ward is to be held on the same evening at West Worthing Baptist Church, South Street, Tarring, between 7pm and 8pm.

PCSO Ros Tite (Castle) will be holding a surgery at The Maybridge Keystone Centre, in Raleigh Way, Goring, between 11am and noon on Friday, May 17.