TIM DREW: Workshop to help people avoid the scammers

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THE four weekly Community Bulletins covering the period to April 2 recorded 58 offences, of which 12 involved residential properties and 26 non-residential ones, and with 20 involving vehicles.

This compares with the 54 offences committed in the four weeks ending February 25.

The highest number of offences per ward (19) was recorded in Central ward, followed by Gaisford (nine), Broadwater and Tarring (five each), Marine (four), Heene and Northbrook (three each), Castle, Goring, Offington and Selden (two each) and Durrington and Salvington (one each).

The offences included three thefts each of tools and cycles, vehicle crime featuring thefts of fog-lights, hubcaps and a grill, satellite navigation system, exhaust and numberplate. Twenty other cases involved commercial property. In 11 instances, the attempt at burglary was unsuccessful or nothing was taken.

Twelve of the offences involving commercial property featured the theft of cash, usually from tills, so the advice from the police is not to leave cash on your premises overnight and if banking it yourself, to vary the route you take to the bank and also the time at which you leave with the day’s takings.

At 7pm on Wednesday, April 23, the Castle Ward Neighbourhood Panel will meet, at the Club House at Worthing Town Football Club, in Palatine Road.

The next day, surgeries will be hosted by PCSO Ben Cruise, between 11am and mid-day at West Worthing Baptist Church, in South Street, Tarring, and by PCSO Carol Fulcher, between mid-day and 12.30pm at Goring Library, in Mulberry Lane, Goring.

In addition, Shaun Polley, who is the Neighbourhood Policing Team’s public engagement officer, and Detective Inspector Walker of Adur and Worthing CID, will be running a scam awareness workshop on Wednesday, April 23, at the Guildbourne IT Workshop, at Worthing’s Guildbourne Centre, from 10.20am and mid-day. Those wishing to attend can book a place by contacting Shaun on 101 ext 581463, or by email to shaun.polley@sussex.pnn.police.uk – alternatively, you may visit the workshop and book in person.