TIM DREW: The importance of keeping warm

STATISTICS for burglaries at dwellings in Worthing during March show 18 such offences as having been either attempted or committed.

This was compared with the 16 recorded for the previous month.

Four offences each were reported in Tarring and Salvington, with three in Central, two each in Castle and Broadwater and one each in Durrington, Marine and Heene.

Four of the affected premises had not been secured, and there were 10 instances of attempted or successful forced entry. Five of the offences took place at night, and three attempts were unsuccessful, although damage was caused to the premises concerned in all cases.

For the the third month in succession, access in one instance was gained through a cat flap; the burglar was on this occasion able to reach and turn the door key using pliers.

With the bitterly cold weather predicted to continue, it’s worth repeating the following advice issued by Age UK earlier this year:

:: It’s harder to judge temperatures with age, so use a thermometer to check these. Keep your living room at 70oF (21oC), if possible.

:: Exposure to the cold at night increases your risk of a heart attack or a stroke.

:: Protect your fingers, mouth and head – these parts of your body are more sensitive to changes in temperature. Breathing in cold can increase your chances of becoming seriously ill.

Age UK Advice can be called free on 0800 169 65 65, or you can visit Age UK’s website to learn about their “Spread the Warmth” campaign.

If you have elderly neighbours, you may want to visit them to ensure that they have everything necessary to keep warm.

PCSO Catherine Dines (Gaisford) will be holding a surgery on Thursday, April 11, between 11am and midday at The Bowling Club, 78 Pavilion Road, as will PCSO Elaine Tullett, Marine ward, between 10am and 3pm at the Worthing Leisure Centre coffee shop on that same day.