TIM DREW: Neighbourhood Watch’s role in burglary prevention

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THE importance of the Neighbourhood Watch’s role in burglary prevention and that of the slogan ‘Light, Lock it, List it’ was underlined by Detective Chief Inspector Tanya Hones at the Sussex Neighbourhood Watch Federation’s annual general meeting, held in Lewes.

The recent three-week campaign in which police forces from Sussex, Surrey, Kent and Thames Valley participated, and which targeted cross-county burglars around the time of the clocks going back, when burglary incidents tend to spike, resulted in the arrest of 11 offenders and a 16 per cent fall in burglaries.

But common-sense methods go a long way towards preventing these in the first place.

Street checks by co-ordinators to ascertain whether a home looks unoccupied and then warning the owner, proper security precautions and registering valuables on the Immobilise website all go a long way towards achieving this, and not only preventing the loss of valuables but also the severe psychological damage that such offences often cause.

• PCSO Nicola Burstow hosts her surgery between 2pm and 3pm at the Community House, 25 Dominion Road, Worthing, on Monday, December 8. The Tarring Community Forum will meet the next day, from 7pm to 8pm, at West Worthing Baptist Church, in South Street, Tarring. The Castle ward Neighbourhood Panel will meet on Wednesday, December 10, from 7pm to 8pm, at St.Richard’s Church, in Collingwood Road, Worthing, and the following afternoon, PCSO Catherine Dines’ surgery will be held from 3.30pm to 4.30pm at Buddys Café, in South Farm Road, Worthing. PCSO Shauna Bowen’s surgery will be held at Findon Valley Library from 11.30am to 12.30pm on Friday, December 12, and PCSO Ros Tite’s surgery will be held between midday and 1pm at the Maybridge Keystone Centre, in Raleigh Way, Maybridge, from midday to 1pm on the same day. An open session on helping people with dementia will be held from 11am to midday at West Worthing Baptist Church on Monday, December 8 – NHW co-ordinators will be especially welcome!