A SPATE of break-ins in Lancing and Sompting has led to a police appeal and an emergency street briefing for residents.
The warning was issued by Inspector Allan Lowe, of Adur and Worthing Neighbourhood Policing Team, after residents suffered car and garage break-ins over Hallowe’en weekend.
Three cars were targeted in Ring Road, Lancing, prompting the police to hold a street briefing this week to raise awareness about crime prevention and security.
Mr Lowe said: “We received a number of reports of break-ins to vehicles in the Ring Road area, as well as a number of garages.”
On Friday, a car was broken into in Ring Road, Lancing, and a pair of sunglasses were reported stolen.
Two more cars in Ring Road were left ransacked on Saturday. A sat-nav was reported stolen from one. There were no signs of forced entry in either.
A car in Norbury Drive, Lancing, was accessed on the same day and a sat-nav was stolen. The car had been left insecure.
Three garages were accessed at Test Road, Sompting on Thursday November 30. Two mountain bikes were reported stolen from one, and a number of tools were stolen from another.
Two garages were broken into on Saturday, at Lynchmere Avenue and Lisher Road in Lancing. Nothing was reported stolen.
Adrian Barritt was one of the victims affected. He posted the incident on Facebook’s ‘Lancing Regeneration’ page.
He said: “I left my car window down when in a hurry the other day. I parked by Lancing level crossing for 15 minutes and someone stole everything of use and value.”
The police held a street briefing on November 4 and invited Ring Road residents to come and speak to them about crime prevention and security.
Mr Lowe said: “We had around 20 residents join us for over an hour. This was a really good opportunity to engage with the community and to raise awareness of how they can help keep their property safe.”
Mr Lowe added that one of the best actions residents could take was to register their valuables, for free, by visiting www.immobilise.com