TIM DREW: Distraction burglaries remain a threat to residents

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MOST burglaries tend to occur during the summer months, and distraction burglary is as much of a threat as ever.

Two such offences have been committed this month.

The first offence involved an elderly lady being called upon by a man claiming to be a builder and asking to look at ladders.

The lady let the man through to her back garden when the caller’s accomplice entered the premises and stole jewellery.

A second elderly lady was then visited by a man who asked if she had a contact number for a neighbour.

She let him in and later reported that a sum of cash had been stolen.

It is believed that a second suspect entered the house and stole the cash.

People can help to reduce the chances of such crimes reoccurring in their neighbourhood by watching out for people who appear to be acting suspiciously.

People should also note the registration numbers of vehicles parked in the area for longer than seems usual, and encourage vulnerable people not to open their doors to people they are not expecting or they do not recognise.

If they open the door, remind them to secure the door bar or chain first, and check the caller’s identity. If in doubt, keep them out!

• Upcoming Neighbour-hood Panel meetings and police community support officer surgeries are as follows:-

The Central Ward Neighbourhood Panel will meet between 11am and 11.30am at the Ardington Hotel, in Steyne Gardens, Worthing, on Sunday, August 3.

PCSO Elaine Tullett will be available outside Tesco Express in Goring Road, between 2.30pm and 3pm on Friday, August 8.

Finally, one more date for your diary – the Picnic in the Park takes place in Tarring Park between 10am and 4pm on Thursday, August 14. Its theme this year is healthy living and younger visitors will have the chance to enter the new ‘Tarring’s got Talent’ competition. Entry forms are available on www.picnicinthepark tarring.co.uk – so why not give it a go?