TIM DREW: Help reduce the risk of burglary as the summer months approach

Sussex Neighbourhood Watch is currently celebrating Volunteers Week, which runs until Sunday, by supporting Sussex Police in promoting Operation Magpie, aimed at preventing burglary – the risk of which rises as summer approaches.

Public Engagement Officers have asked to get in touch with their local Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinators so that activities such as the distribution of home check-lists and burglary crime prevention advice leaflets can be arranged Tips include the following. If you leave your house empty – even if you are in the back garden – lock all the doors and windows and make sure that windows are closed. Keep all wallets, purses, credit cards and car keys out of sight. Secure garden tools and ladders in a locked shed or garage to prevent their being used to break in. Fit outside security lighting and a visible security alarm to deter burglars. Double check fences and boundaries to make sure they keep burglars out.

• PCSO Helen Green hosts her surgery at the Worthing Beach Office from 3.30pm to 4.30pm on Monday, June 8.

On that same evening, the Broadwater Neighbourhood Panel meets at the Broadwater Parish Centre, and the Gaisford Neighbourhood Panel at Northbrook College, in Broadwater Road, both from 7pm to 8pm.

On Tuesday, June 9, PCSO Graeme Foster’s surgery will be held at the East Worthing Community Centre, in Pages Lane, from 5pm to 6pm, followed by the Selden Community Event at the same venue, from 6pm to 7pm.

The Tarring Community Forum also meets that evening at the Baptist church in South Street,Tarring, 7pm to 8pm.

The next day, PSCO Sally Haggis will be available from midday to 12.30pm outside Gala Bingo in Rowlands Road, Worthing.