TIM DREW: Launch of police summer operation

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A NEW initiative designed at tackling burglary throughout Sussex has recently been launched by Sussex Police, with the support of Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne.

Operation Magpie involves officers carrying out spot checks on vehicles at strategic and random locations across Sussex in an exercise aimed at preventing burglaries and also the handling and selling of stolen goods.

The teams will use technology and local intelligence reports to stop any vehicles that have been identified as being driven illegally – such as those without MOT or insurance – as well as those thought to be linked to burglary.

The launch of the operation coincides with the start of the warmer months when there is typically an increase in burglaries, due to homes not being left secure.

Meanwhile, thefts of bicycles in Worthing remain stubbornly high at 45 per month and a Local Action Team is being reconvened to address this, with British Transport Police also involved here as many bicycles are being stolen from stations.

That said, it was very heartening to see that the Operation Velo cycle marking event, which took place near the Lido at the end of last month, was well attended on both days.

Another persistent problem continues to be that of thefts from sheds and outbuildings, so it is worth reviewing to ensure that the manner in which they are secured leaves no room for improvement.

PCSO Graeme Foster (Selden) will hold his surgery on Tuesday, at East Worthing Community Centre, Pages Lane, between 5.30 and 6.30pm, followed by a Neighbourhood Panel Meeting at the same venue from 6.30 and 7.30pm.

The Neighbourhood Panel Meeting for Salvington takes place that evening between 7 and 8pm at The Coffee Shop, New Life Church, Greenland Road (off Salvington Road); and, the next day between noon and 12.30pm, PCSO Sally Haggis (Heene) will be available to discuss issues outside Spar Stores in Heene Road.